Nationwide, seat belt use has been growing, but lack of proper seat belt safety remains a very serious public safety issue according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even if it’s just for a short drive around the block, always make sure you fasten your seat belt, as well as the seat belt of any other passengers in your vehicle. Car accidents can happen without warning and in the blink of an eye, so it’s important to make sure that you are prepared.
From Monday, 5/23 to Sunday, 6/5, police in North Carolina and across the country will be stepping up enforcement of seat belt safety. This initiative is part of the annual Click It or Ticket Campaign, and is aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur when vehicle occupants do not buckle up.
Seat belts remain the most effective way to avoid serious or fatal injuries in the event of a car accident. According to the CDC, using a seat belt reduces your risk of serious crash related injuries or death by about 50%. Unfortunately, seat belt non-use is an especially dangerous problem for younger, inexperienced drivers.
Here are some troubling statistics about seat belt safety:
- 58% of back seat passengers that were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in 2014 were not wearing a seatbelt.
- Between 2010 and 2014, more than 50% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seat belt.
- In North Carolina, 415 people that were not wearing a seat belt were killed in traffic accidents last year.
At Daggett Shuler Law, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina Personal Injury lawyers, we care deeply about the safety of you and your family. Especially with the busy Memorial Day weekend approaching, it is more important than ever to buckle up every time you go out for a ride.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Daggett Shuler Law at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with an experienced, caring Winston-Salem and Greensboro Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE.
We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the maximum recovery you deserve. At Daggett Shuler, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
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