December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When drivers in Portland and Vancouver get in their car to take their kids to school, head to the office or run errands, they usually have a variety of things on their mind and putting on their seatbelt often becomes an afterthought. With over 2.3 million drivers treated in the emergency room every year for crash-related injuries, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers should make wearing their seatbelt
every time they get in a vehicle a priority.
The importance of seatbelt usage
Although airbags can prevent the severity of injuries a driver incurs in a crash, there is still no substitute for a seatbelt. According to the CDC, wearing a seatbelt can reduce the chances of injuries and death in a car accident by fifty percent. In order to make seatbelt usage a priority, drivers should:
- Wear a seat belt every time they get in the car, even if they are making a short trip.
- Encourage all passengers in the vehicle with them to buckle their seatbelts.
- Set a good example to children in the vehicle by always wearing a seatbelt.
- Make sure children are buckled, and are sitting in a car seat or booster if necessary.
Not wearing a seatbelt can result in severe injuries, or even death. For example, a recent Washington car accident resulted in the fatalities of both the driver and the passenger. The accident occurred when the vehicle went off of the road and hit a tree. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and killed and the passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was also killed in the accident, says KOMOnews.com.
State seat belt laws
According to the National Safety Council, wearing a seatbelt is the most effective device to prevent death or injury in the case of an accident and many drivers are realizing this. The NSC states that seatbelt usage is at an all time high in the nation. In 1998, only 69 percent of drivers used their seat belt compared with 2009, where it is reported that 88 percent of drivers used this traffic safety device.
Not only is wearing a seatbelt an effective way to prevent death and injury, but according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in both Oregon and Washington it is against the law to not wear a seatbelt while driving. These laws are also primary enforcement laws. This means that a law enforcement official can pull a driver over for the sole reason that they believe the driver is not wearing a seatbelt and ticket them for this offense.
Unfortunately, proper usage of a seatbelt does not always prevent drivers from being injured or killed in an accident. If you were in an accident caused by a negligent driver and were following safety precautions, such as wearing your seatbelt, contact an attorney that can fight for your legal rights.
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