July 5th, 2016|
It’s not breaking news that a seatbelt can save your life in the event of a serious accident, yet millions of Americans still take the risk, and Alabama drivers are certainly among them. In a recent study published by the Auto Insurance Center, Alabama ranked #6 in the U.S. for the most car crash fatalities where the driver or passengers were unbuckled. That’s a real shame because many of those deaths may have been avoided if they had been wearing their seatbelt.
Who is least likely to wear a seat belt?
Teenagers, aged 13 – 20 years, are least likely to wear their seatbelt. According to a recent survey by the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration, of teens that died in crashes in 2012, approximately 55% were unbelted at the time of the crash.
What can you do?
Wearing seatbelts saves lives and reduces the risk of serious injury. Set a good example and put your belt on before you start your vehicle. Remind your passengers to wear their belts, and don’t be offended if your friends remind you to put your belt on. Even rear seat passengers should wear seatbelts. And never seat a child without a car seat, booster seat or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight.
Cory Watson Attorneys care about you and your family and friends. Safe travels this summer!