Always Wear Your Seat Belt

seatbelt-021716The first thing both drivers and passengers should do when getting in a car is put on a seat belt –  not only because it is the law, but also because wearing a seat belt could potentially save a life or help prevent severe injuries in the event of a car accident.  Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, demonstrates the importance of always wearing a seat belt:

  • In 2013, an estimated 12,584 lives among people age 5 and older were saved in the United States by the use of seat belts.
  • An additional 2,800 could have been saved with proper seat belt use.
  • About 43,000 people were injured in an accident while not wearing a seat belt.
  • 1,928 people were killed as a result of not wearing a seat belt.
  • In Florida only about 750 lives were saved by the use of seat belts.
  • An additional 179 lives could have been saved in Florida with proper seat belt use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 87% of vehicle occupants across the United States wear their seat belts.  Of vehicle occupants in Florida the estimate is 88.8%.  These percentages have slowly risen from previous; however, many people are still not wearing their seat belts.  To help prevent potential injuries and fatalities, it is essential to put on a seat belt and to wear it properly:

  • Place the shoulder belt across your chest
  • Place the lap belt low on the hips
  • Make sure the belt fits closely to your body

Keeping the above in mind when putting on your seat belt allows for the proper performance of the seat belt. Making sure the shoulder belt and lap belt are in the correct positions can help minimize possible injuries and help prevent internal injuries.  Having the seat belt fit closely to your body, can help prevent injury from the belt itself in the event of a car accident.  Every time you get in your car, make sure to put on your seat belt, and if you have passengers make sure they have their seat belts on as well.

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