Did you know that 1 in 3 people in Missouri will be injured in a motor vehicle accident if they are not wearing a seat belt, while only 1 in 8 people will be injured in a motor vehicle accident if they are wearing a seat belt?
Did you know that 70 percent of people who die in Missouri traffic crashes are not wearing a safety belt. Similar percentages may be applied when considering life-long injuries to include, traumatic brain injuries, quadriplegia and paraplegia.
Did You Know:
- An unbelted occupant of a 30 mph car crash hits the windshield or other interior car surface with the same impact as a fall from a three-story building.
- People without seat belts have been killed at speeds as low as 12 mph.
- The effectiveness of an air bag system drops 40 percent when a seat belt is not used.
- Nationally, traffic crashes kill about five people every hour and, in Missouri, one person every nine hours.
- Seat belts would have saved the lives of more than one-half of the car passengers killed each year.
- A driver's chance of being killed in a traffic crash if not wearing a seat belt is 42 times greater than that of a driver who is buckled up.
Did you know the most common used excuses for not wearing a seatbelt are myths long proven wrong?
Myth: Drivers in air-bag equipped vehicles don't need to wear seat belts.
Fact: Air bags provide supplemental protection in frontal or side crashes; however air bags will not help in a rear impact or rollover collision.
Myth: Drivers don't want to be trapped in a fire or underwater.
Fact: Crashes involving fire or water happen in only ½ of 1 percent of all crashes. When they do occur, the best chance of survival rests in remaining conscious and in full control. If you are not using a safety belt, it is statistically much more likely that you will be knocked unconscious or severely injured. Likewise, being belted, it is much more likely that you will be able to unbuckle yourself and get out of the potential danger.
Myth: Seat belts can hurt you in a crash.
Fact: Properly worn seat belts can but seldom cause injuries. If injuries do occur, they are usually from improper usage (i.e., with seat reclined) and typically consist of surface bruises and abrasions and less severe than would have been without the use of a safety belt.
Myth: Seat belts aren't needed for short, low-speed, in-town trips running errands.
Fact: It is important to remember that most crash deaths occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds of less than 40 miles per hour.
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Individuals who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one as a result of a motor vehicle collision, should consult with a competent car accident injury attorney to assist them in pursuing a legal claim for compensation.
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