A Los Angeles car accident can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving you seriously injured. However, evidence suggests that a seat belt can ultimately save your life.
Seat belts save lives
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device. The NHTSA concludes:
- Around 40,000 lives are lost each year due to motorized vehicle accidents.
- For people under the age of 25, auto accidents are the leading cause of death.
- Approximately 42 percent of people killed in auto accidents are not wearing seat belts.
- Seat belts could save more than 1,600 lives in California each year if 90 percent of people wore a seat belt.
- Nearly 80 percent of auto-accident fatalities occur within 25 miles of a victim’s residence.
- You are 25 times more likely to die in an accident if you are thrown out of your vehicle.
Common groups not buckling up
Though the evidence is persuasive, not everyone buckles up. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the following groups are less likely to wear a seat belt:
- Pickup-truck drivers
- Commercial drivers
- Men in rural areas
If you are injured in a car accident
Though a seat belt can save your life, you still might be left seriously injured if you are involved in a car accident. An experienced car accident attorney can help you hold the responsible party liable for your damages.
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If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Los Angeles, California car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.