Preventing Injuries with Seat Belts
Car crashes cause thousands of deaths and millions of injuries each year in the United States. Sadly, many of these fatalities and disabling injuries could have been prevented had the victims been wearing their seat belts properly. Seat belts have been proven over and over again to save lives and reduce the risk of serious injuries. However, although a person can dramatically increase his or her chances of survival in a car crash by wearing a seat belt, many people still choose not to buckle up.
Seat belts can prevent serious injuries and save lives during a car accident if used correctly. Seat belts prevent injury by:
- Protecting the head, the neck, and the spinal cord. A seat belt can help prevent a severe impact to the head or neck during the crash.
- Restraining occupants inside the vehicle during the crash. Vehicle occupants who are not wearing seat belts run the risk of being thrown from the car. This increases the risk of death by a factor of four, and dramatically increases the likelihood of a severe spinal cord injury.
- Spreading the collision forces over the body, rather than putting extreme stress on one particular area. Seat belts spread strong collision forces to the hips and the shoulders, which are the strongest parts of the body, for an overall lessened impact.
- Decreasing the body’s rate of deceleration. Rather than being jerked to a halt, the seat belt allows the passenger to come to a stop in a slower, more controlled manner.
Even in modern vehicles that include air bags, advanced brakes, and increased crash-prevention technology, seat belts are still among the most effective ways to prevent injuries and fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.