Common Seat Belt Safety Myths
Why Seat Belt Safety is Important
In the United States over 40,000 people are killed in car accidents every year. Although factors and causes of these accidents vary, the most important thing you can do as a driver or passenger is buckle up. By practicing seat belt safety, you could reduce your chance of being killed in an accident by 45 percent. Seat belts are the most effective way of reducing the risk of death and injuries in a car accident (California Department of Public Health).
If seat belts are so effective why isn’t everybody wearing one? Answers can range anywhere from “uncomfortable” to “only driving a short distance”. The fact of the matter is no matter what the excuse may be, seat belts should be worn at all times. Check out these seat belt safety facts that debunk common myths.
Seat Belt Safety Facts: Common Myths and Excuses
Myth: Wearing a seat belt is inconvenient and uncomfortable
Fact: If you find your seat belt to be uncomfortable, you may need to readjust it. Seat belts are made to be adjustable and many products are available that can be attached to your seat belt for added comfort.
Myth: Seat belts aren’t necessary when you have air bags
Fact: Air bags do provide protection upon impact, but should not be counted on in place of a seat belt. Your vehicle may only be equipped with frontal airbags, meaning you’re only protected from frontal collisions. A seat belt keeps drivers and passengers in place during rollovers and collisions from any angle.
Myth: Seat belts can cause injury in a car crash
Fact: If a seat belt is worn properly, injuries should be minimal. The types of injuries you may sustain from a seat belt include surface bruises. Depending on the accident, a seat belt will minimize the amount and severity of injuries.
Myth: Seat belts will cause you to get trapped in your vehicle underwater or in a fire
Fact: In the event that you are in an accident where your vehicle is on fire, or underwater, your seat belt can protect you from being knocked unconscious at the time of impact. This can provide you a chance to escape the vehicle.
Myth: Seat belts aren’t necessary when driving a short distance
Fact: Seat belts should be worn at all times, even if you’re only traveling locally. In fact, 75 percent of accidents happen within 25 miles of home!
What to Do After a Car Accident
Even if you practice proper seat belt safety, the impact of a car accident can cause substantial damage. Aside from the injuries, medical bills and time away from work can be difficult to handle. That’s why if you are involved in a car accident due to another drivers carelessness you need to call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer.
It’s risk free, either you get paid or you don’t pay at all! You could receive compensation for medical expenses, auto body shop bills, with no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. For a free consultation call 1-800-THE-LAW2.
1. California Department of Public Health. The Car Occupant Safety Awareness Project. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts – Occupant Protection. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
3. Michigan State Police. Myths and Facts about Seat Belts. Retrieved March 25, 2015.