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Buckle Up! The Importance of Seat Belts

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By Michael LoGiudice
Founding Attorney

Thanks to modern developments, we enjoy many new safety features that are often coming standard in newer car models. With blind spot sensors, airbags, and more, helping us to stay safe on the road, we have a lot to be grateful for. It is important to remember, however, that the roads remain dangerous places. One of the best defenses against reckless drivers continues to be the proper use of seat belts.

Buckle Up! The Importance of Seat Belts

Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 14,955 lives were saved by seat belts in 2017 alone? Conversely, 47% of passenger vehicle occupants that were killed in 2019 crashes were not wearing a seat belt. The numbers and the research are clear. Seat belts save lives. A proper seat belt with shoulder and lap belt restraint will help keep you secure inside your vehicle. It will prevent you from being dangerously thrown about within your vehicle or even thrown from your vehicle. Being ejected from a vehicle in the event of a crash almost always proves fatal.

In order to maximize the safety feature that is a seat belt, you should take steps to ensure your vehicle is outfitted with seat belts that fit you and your most common vehicle passengers. For vehicle occupants that may need roomier seat belts, many car manufacturers offer seat belt extenders. Most vehicles these days come standard with seat belt adjuster features which can raise and lower a seat belt depending on the passenger’s needs. If you drive an older or more classic car model that features older seat belts with lap belts only, you should reach out to the manufacturer about the possibility of retrofitting your vehicle with the more modern, safer seat belts which come with both a restraint running along your lap and over your shoulder.

To properly wear your seat belt, never put the shoulder belt portion of the seat belt behind your arm. The shoulder belt should run across the middle of your chest and away from your neck. The lap belt portion should run across your hips and not your stomach. With your seat belt resting securely across your pelvis and rib cage, you will be better equipped to withstand the force of a crash.

Despite the many other safety features that come standard in cars these days, seat belt use continues to be an essential part of keeping yourself and your passengers as safe as possible. In fact, safety features such as airbags are intended to be used in tandem with seatbelts. Furthermore, airbags without seat belt use can be dangerous. The force of an airbag can cause serious injury should a person not be wearing a seat belt at the time of deployment. So, buckle up, you may just be saving your own life in doing so.

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About the Author
Michael LoGiudice handles all personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (1997) and has many verdicts and settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.
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