Seat Belt Use & Safety
by Contributing Writer
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing seat belts saves lives in car accidents. Wearing a seat belt reduces your chance of death by 45%.
Being Thrown Out of the Car Is Deadly
The NHTSA found that 77% of passengers who were thrown completely out of the car in an accident were killed. Wearing a seat belt keeps you inside the car where you are safer.
Young Teens Most Often Killed by Not Wearing Seat Belt
In the 13 to 15 age group, 70% of those killed in an automobile accident were not wearing seat belts.
Overall Seat Belt Use Increased Dramatically
Seat belt use overall in the United States rose to 83% in 2008, up from 58% in 1994.
Seat Belt Laws
Every state except New Hampshire requires wearing a seat belt. In 30 states it is a primary offense, which means you can be pulled over for it. In 19 states you can get a ticket for it only if you are pulled over for something else.
You Need to Wear a Seat Belt Even for Short Trips
According to the California State Compensation Insurance Fund, most car-related deaths happen in accidents within 25 miles of work or home.