Thanks to aggressive public service campaigns and motor vehicle safety laws, wearing a seatbelt is second-nature for most American drivers in 2020. While it may seem common knowledge that a safety belt is necessary, there are still many people who underestimate the importance of every single passenger wearing their seatbelt every single time they are in a car, no matter how quick the trip is, no matter how deserted the roads are, and no matter how low the speed.
Look to the following reasons below for why you should never think twice about buckling up. And if you do happen to get hurt in an accident that’s someone else’s fault, you should always exercise your right to pursue compensation — seatbelt or no.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you examine the details of your case, assess your damages, determine who was at fault, and help you pursue the maximum compensation available. You can speak to a car accident attorney during a free, no-obligation consultation when you call Auger & Auger today at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online.
Now, here are five reasons you should definitely wear a seatbelt on every trip.
1. Keeping Your Body From Going Through The Windshield
The primary function of a seatbelt is to keep passengers inside of their vehicle in the event of a wreck. You’ve likely seen the cautionary driver’s ed videos of what happens in a head-on collision — even at relatively low speeds, your body can become a projectile, should the vehicle you are traveling in crash into another car or otherwise make a violent and sudden stop when hitting a stationary object, like a tree, light post, retaining wall, or guard rail.
Your survival rate is grim at best when you are thrown from a vehicle. Not only will you be gravely injured when your head smashes through the glass windshield, but you are likely to also sustain additional traumas once your body is outside of the car, such as hitting the pavement or objects in or near the road. And don’t forget the potential for flying debris and other vehicles hitting you, further worsening your odds of recovery even if you survive the initial impact.
2. Surviving a Roll-over
A safety belt doesn’t just keep you inside of your car during a wreck, it keeps you in your actual seat! This is especially important in the case of a wreck that results in a roll-over. Most modern-day vehicles come equipped with ceiling reinforcements such as roll-bars, and while these measures keep the roof from crumpling in on you, they cannot keep you safe if you are being thrown around inside of the car as it tumbles.
3. Keeping You From Injuring Other Occupants
Your seatbelt protects more than just you! Buckling up is an act of compassion for everyone else in the car with you. If the vehicle you are riding in should lose control or become involved in a collision, your body, if unrestrained by a seatbelt, can easily be thrown out of place and come into violent contact with your fellow passengers.
In order for everyone to be safe, every single occupant must be fastened into their seats. Even a sudden movement by the driver intended to avoid an accident can result in passengers slamming into one another if they are not properly restrained.
4. Increasing The Efficacy of Airbags and Safety Features
When worn correctly — with the shoulder strap running diagonally across your chest and the lap band sitting low across the hips — a seatbelt keeps your body in line with other safety features in the vehicle such as airbags and ergonomic seats that support proper spine position. In fact, most vehicle crash safety features won’t work as intended unless a seatbelt is part of the equation!
A modern safety belt slows the forward motion of your upper body, allowing airbags to deploy and protect you from hitting your face on the steering wheel or dashboard. Your seatbelt also holds your lower body in place with back support in the event of a wreck.
5. Keeping You Conscious To Escape Danger
The moments following a wreck can be critical to your chances of survival; being conscious allows you to make a 911 call, assess any injuries you or others may have, and take early action to prevent further harm.
You may be far from help, or find yourself in a predicament that average passersby are not equipped to handle. In the event that your car should catch fire or end up submerged in water, you need to be able to escape! You cannot make your way out of a burning or sinking vehicle if you have been knocked unconscious by hitting your head. Wearing a seatbelt is, therefore, a critical component of being able to respond in the immediate aftermath of a collision.
Reach Out to a Car Accident Lawyer When You Get Hurt
Wearing a seatbelt can prevent many of the most serious crash injury scenarios, but it can’t prevent others on the road from being careless. If you find yourself in an accident that’s likely been caused by someone else’s negligence or poor decisions, then consider hiring an attorney to represent your injury claim.
Auger & Auger will research the factors of your case to determine who was at fault and how much they might owe you in compensation. Even if you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you deserve protection from the financial consequences of someone else’s mistakes!
Speak to a car accident attorney during a free, no-obligation case review when you dial (800) 559-5741 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.