Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Dec 01, 2016 in Car Accidents
According to a new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use has reached its highest level since the federal government started surveying it in 1994.
Researchers conducted a large-scale observational study in June and found 90.1 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers wore seat belts between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. This is a significant increase compared to 2015, when researchers found 88.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers wore their seat belts during daylight hours.
Researchers also discovered:
The study is known as the National Occupant Protection Use Survey and is the only survey with national probability-based observed data on seat belt use.
The NHTSA credits tougher seat belt laws and enforcement of those laws for the increase in seat belt use.
Federal data shows seat belts saved 14,000 lives in 2015 and 345,000 lives since 1975. Even though vehicles have more safety features than ever, the seat belt is still the most important, says NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind.
While buckling up could save your life in an accident, it might not prevent you from suffering severe injuries. If that happens, contact our car accident personal injury lawyers for a free legal consultation. We may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages.
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