Our North Carolina car accident lawyers have just read the data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealing just how well safety restraints in all types of vehicles work to help save lives. According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), there is an obvious trend toward more and more people opting to use seat belts (85%), up from 84% in 2009.
The data just released in May 2012 indicated that there were 22,187 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2010. Only 9,934 (44%) of those who died were wearing seat belts. The largest number of fatalities by age group was the 25 to 34 year old group, where 2,209 (63%) of the 3,489 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.
Another interesting statistic in the report was the difference in seat belt use depending on the vehicles being operated. For example, 64% of the people killed while driving a pickup truck were not wearing seat belts; 57% of the drivers of SUVs killed were unrestrained; 47% of van drivers killed were not wearing seat belts and 44% of the passenger car driver deaths were unrestrained.
The use of a combination lap and shoulder seat belt is shown to reduce the risk of a fatality for those riding in the front seat of a passenger car by 45%, in addition to reducing the risk of a moderate/critical injury by 50%. The numbers go up even higher for pickup trucks, where the use of a lap and shoulder combination can reduce risks of a fatality by 60% and a moderate/critical injury by 65%.
As our Charlotte car accident attorneys have known for years, the chances of survival after being ejected from a vehicle of any type are slim. The data revealed that 78% of all the people ejected were killed and a mere 1% of the people wearing restraints were ejected.
According the NHTSA report, North Carolina drivers were diligent in their usage of seat belts or restraint devices, with 89% of all drivers using some sort of device.
Accidents involving passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, vans result in the loss of loved ones or cause horrific, disfiguring and maiming injuries that haunt families. You wonder why it had to happen and can’t digest all of the arrangements that must be made or the things that face your friends or family members as they struggle for survival. It all seems overwhelming.
At times like this, it is very important that you seek the advice of an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney. The attorneys at Auger & Auger have nearly 40 years of experience representing clients in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina in serious car accidents. We know what you are going through and we have the experience and compassion to guide you through this difficult time.
Contact us now so we can set up an appointment to sit down with you in a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and the options available. Our attorneys and experienced staff will be with you every step of the way during this difficult time.
We handle cases on a contingency basis, meaning you will never owe our firm a fee unless we make a monetary recovery for you.
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