The only foolproof way to avoid getting into a motor vehicle collision is to stay off the roads entirely. Unfortunately, this is not actually feasible for most Americans. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of serious injuries should you end up in an accident, though, and wearing your seat belt is perhaps the most important one.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who die as the result of injuries sustained in a crash were not restrained at the time of the collision. Although it is possible for those who are wearing a seat belt to sustain life-threatening injuries, researchers have determined that safety restraints save thousands of lives annually.
Sadly, despite these convincing statistics, approximately 1 in 7 people do not buckle up when they get into a vehicle. Putting on your seat belt every time you get behind the wheel is a habit that could literally save your life someday, so if you do not already do so, make it a point to start today.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision with a drunk, distracted, or reckless driver despite wearing a safety belt, the compassionate team at Campbell, House, & Cummins can help you pursue compensation for the damages you have incurred.
Our accident lawyers have the skillset, resolve, and resources to face insurance adjusters from even the largest firms. Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a case evaluation with an injury attorney in Monroe.
Read on to learn four shocking statistics about seat belts and car seats:
- More Than 70 Percent of Children Are at Risk of Preventable—and Potentially Fatal—Injuries
According to Parents, more than 70 percent of children are not strapped in properly when riding in a vehicle. Some car seat errors are minor, but others can have serious consequences if you end up in a collision.
- 25 Percent of Parents Have Driven While Their Child Was Unrestrained
Safe Kids Worldwide reports that one in four parents admits to having driven while their child was not strapped into a car seat or wearing a proper safety restraint. In regard to why they did not strap their children in, parents claimed they were not driving too far, they were traveling overnight, or they were in a hurry.
- Nearly Half of All Children Who Died in Car Accidents in 2015 Were Not Restrained
Approximately 48 percent of children who sustained fatal injuries in motor vehicle collisions in 2015 were not restrained at the time of the crash. Teenagers older than 14 were the most likely to be unrestrained; however, even young children who relied on caregivers to buckle them up suffered as the result of not wearing a safety belt.
- Roughly 20 Percent of Booster Seats Are Used Incorrectly
Booster seats are a lot simpler than traditional car seats, but that does not mean everyone installs or uses the correctly every time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of booster seats are misused. The most common mistake is the incorrect positioning of the lap belt.
If you or your child sustained injuries in a collision despite wearing safety restraints correctly, contact Campbell, House, & Cummins. Although it is possible to reach a settlement without legal guidance, a seasoned injury attorney will ensure you secure all the compensation you deserve.
Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Monroe. If you want to learn more about car accident claims in Louisiana, visit USAttorneys.com.