seat belt

Have you ever been in an accident wearing a seatbelt? Although you might have suffered whiplash from the forward and back motion of a crash, your seatbelt might have prevented you from suffering more serious injuries. Seatbelts are crucial for minimizing serious injuries and restraining you so you are less likely to suffer fatal injuries, too.

It’s obvious and simple: wearing a seatbelt reduces your chances of serious injuries or fatalities. Seatbelts are at an all-time high for use in the United States, with over 92% of people sitting in the front passenger vehicle seat wearing seatbelts during the average trip. However, skipping a seatbelt leads to an unnecessary high number of fatal car crashes every single year.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that use of wearing a seatbelt is on the rise, and nearly 15,000 lives are saved by seatbelt use every single year. However, more extensive use of a seatbelt could have helped save the lives of more than 2500 people annually. Americans between ages 1 and 54 are most likely to be killed in motor vehicle crashes, and seatbelts help reduce the risk of fatality by 60% in a pickup truck and up to 45% in the passenger car.

Wearing your seatbelt when getting into any vehicle could help save your life or minimize the possibility of devastating injuries in the event of a crash. If you were critically hurt and someone else is at fault, your ability to file a lawsuit could be the only thing that helps you in the event of major medical bills or missed time at work.

If you or someone you know is already dealing with the aftermath of a serious vehicle accident, you may need to work with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer.

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