According to Louisville EMS paramedic Ben Neal, two nearly identical wrecks occurred on different days. The thing that sets them apart is that one driver survives while the other does not. Believe it or not, Neal said that the main difference is typically a seat belt.
The importance of wearing a seat belt
Seat belts are not just another car accessory. They are designed for your safety. Here are some reasons to wear seat belts:
- Seat belts help prevent you from being thrown from your car in the event of a crash, it helps you stay in place. When you are stationary, you avoid being thrown around the car. It also prevents passengers from banging into each other.
- It helps stop you from hitting the windshield.
- In the event of a car accident, you need to be in the right position for the airbag to protect you. If you're not buckled into your seat, chances are the airbags will end up hitting you in the incorrect place, causing injury. Airbags are not meant to be substitutes for seat belts.
- Seat belts are the single, most effective device that prevents death and injury during crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Merely wearing a seat belt can reduce risk of crash injuries by 50%.
- Modern seat belts are more comfortable. A device lock is incorporated on the design to ensure that you stay in place should the car suddenly stop.
- The lifetime costs of injuries caused by crashes can reach to the thousands or even millions of dollars.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind my fellow parents that we are the best teachers for our young drivers. When they get used to wearing seat belts at a young age, they’re more likely to continue to wear their seat belt as they get older. Also, Kentucky is on track to recording the lowest fatal wreck total since the 1940s. Let's help keep it that way by wearing our seat belts.