Does Wearing a Seatbelt Really Make a Difference in a Car Accident?

seatbeltYes. 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.

Despite the Statistics, People Still Refuse to Wear a Seatbelt

  • 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.

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