Be Safe! Find out How Important it is
to Use The Seatbelt Every Time you are in a Car.
Getting in a car with a seatbelt on has been part of most people’s normal routine, like an unwritten rule of traveling. But, have you ever wondered how important using seatbelts is?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 90.7% of the Americans used their seatbelts during 2019, which allowed saving thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of people from being injured or disabled.
In 2017, this passive safety device avoided 14,955 deaths in car accidents, saving additional 2,549 lives.
However, the use of seatbelt does not always guarantee complete safety though it significantly lessens the damage. In some cases, injuries were also acquired despite wearing a seatbelt.
How to Correctly Use Your Seatbelt
Believe it or not, there is a correct way to fasten your seatbelt. Be sure to follow these steps:
- When you fasten your seatbelt, you have to be sure that the horizontal slider is over the iliac bone (hip). This will give more stability.
- If you put the slider over your stomach, it would provoke internal damage and organ perforation.
- Pull the diagonal slide so it adjusts to your body. Be sure that it is not rolled up or hooked on something else.
Be sure that the anchor passes through the clavicle, between the shoulder and the neck, never under the arm.
Injuries Caused by Seatbelts
When you are caught in a car accident, the seatbelt suppresses your body to hit any part of the vehicle or be expelled on it, besides it significantly decreases injuries that might affect the organs at the moment of the impact. However, it can also cause:
- Muscle injuries and spine injuries
- Viscera injuries, like liver and intestine
- Complications on pregnancies
Complications on previous surgeries
Injuries for not Using Yor Seatbelt
According to the California Vehicle Code, every passenger in a car has to use a seatbelt. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a fine, but more importantly, can cause severe injuries like the following:
- Skull: Fracture of skull and/or facial structures, eye injuries, brain injuries.
- Thorax: Lung injuries or heart injuries, rib fractures, rib cage perforated, blood vessels perforated
- Abdomen: Organ injuries, internal bleeding, bowels perforations, or in the reproductive system.
- Limbs: Fractures, amputations, contusions, sprains, muscle strain, open wounds.
This is without mentioning that using the seatbelt is a legal requirement and not complying with it can harm the amount of compensation from the insurance company.
At Farahi Law Firm, we want you to always travel safely so we ask you to always use your seatbelt. If you are involved in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will legally make sure that you get the compensation you deserve and the medical treatment you require.
If you are the victim, remember that even when you have two years to file your claim, it is better to do it as soon as possible. That way, you avoid that the other party mixes the story and plays with justice. Call us right now! (844) 244-2955.