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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Seat Belt Safety

seat beltEvery time you get into a car it is important to wear your seat belt. Not only because it is the law, but because it could help prevent injuries and potentially save your life.  Each year thousands of lives are saved by seat belts.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, an estimated 12,584 lives among passengers age 5 and older were saved in the United States.  Of this estimate, 750 lives were saved in Florida by the use of seat belts.  An additional 2,800 lives, including 179 in Florida, could have been saved with proper seat belt use.

In order for seat belts to provide maximum safety, proper use and fit is necessary. Proper use of your seat belt can help make the difference in the event of an accident.

In order to maximize safety here are a few do’s and don’ts for seat belt use:

Don’t forget to put on your seat belt
Do wear your seat belt at all times and make sure all passengers do as well

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 87% of vehicle occupants nationwide wear their seat belts.  In the state of Florida the estimate is 88.8%.  While these percentages have slowly risen from previous years,  they suggest that many people are still going without a seat belt.

Don’t place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm
Do place the shoulder belt across your chest

Don’t place the lap belt across your stomach
Do place the lap belt low on the hips

Both the shoulder belt and the lap belt are necessary for sufficient restraint. Using one without the other does not allow for satisfactory performance of the seat belt.  Proper positioning of the seat belt is also essential for the prevention of internal injuries.  The shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt across your lower hips allows the force of collision to be spread over the body’s strongest areas, which helps to minimize possible injuries.

Don’t wear your seat belt loosely
Do make sure your belt fits closely to your body

Ensuring that your seat belt is close to the body is also important.  If your belt is too loose you are not restrained correctly and may sustain injuries from the belt itself in the event of an accident.

So remember always wear your seat belt close to your body with the shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt low on the hips.  With improper use of the seat belt you are increasing the likelihood of injuries to the spine, abdomen, lower back, and the neck.  By following these do’s and don’ts for proper seat belt use, you are taking the necessary steps to lessen the potential of seat belt related injuries in the event of an accident.

If you have pain resulting from a seat belt related injury due to an accident, please visit us www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.