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Effectiveness of Seatbelts in Accidents

Effectiveness of Seatbelts in Accidents

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The use of seatbelts cuts the risk of auto accident injuries and deaths in half, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 34.

Seatbelts prevent you from being ejected from the car during an accident. Ejection often results in death. Seatbelts also prevent you from colliding with the steering wheel, console, seatback or window.

According to NHTSA:

  • Seatbelts saved 12,546 lives in 2010
  • Seatbelts have saved 69,000 lives between 2006 and 2010
  • In New York, the lives of 445 people age 5 and older were saved by seatbelts in 2010

A number of states, including New York, have laws allowing police officers to pull you over for not wearing a seatbelt (called primary seatbelt laws). Other states let officers cite you for not wearing a seatbelt only after stopping you for another offense (secondary laws). According to the National Safety Council, states with primary seatbelt laws have 88 percent seatbelt compliance, while states with secondary laws have only 75 percent compliance.

If you have been injured in a car accident in or nearby Bronx, New York, please contact Charles N. Rock, PLLC, to schedule a free case evaluation.
Category: Car Accidents
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