Yes. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. Considering that three out of four people ejected during a crash are killed, it’s important to buckle up. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most important thing you can do to avoid dying in a car crash.
Look at these numbers provided by the CDC:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 55.
- A total of 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- More than half of the people killed in vehicle accidents were not wearing a seatbelt.
- Wearing a seatbelt lowers your risk of death by more than 4o percent, and can reduce your chances of serious injury by 50 percent.
- 3 out of 4 people ejected from the vehicle during an accident are killed.
- People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during an accident.
- Seat belts saved almost 14,000 lives in 2015.
- Seatbelt use is increasing, but still 1 in 7 Americans does not buckle up
- If 90% of people wore their seatbelts, it is estimated that 21 additional lives would be saved each year.