We all know that seat belts are one of the most effective devices in your car when it comes to saving lives, but did you know that Americans are now using them at higher rates than ever in history?
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just reported that as many as 90% of Americans are now buckling up when they drive– and this number pertains to front and back seat drivers.
The NHTSA further estimates that over 345,000 lives have been saved as a result of seatbelt use. The grim reality is, however, that many people still decline to wear seatbelts. In 2015 alone, 40% of all traffic accident fatalities were not wearing their seatbelts at the time. The NHTSA invests millions in safety campaigns and initiatives to encourage people to adopt seatbelt use, and it seems like these efforts are starting to pay off. The goal is, of course, to get 100% seat belt usage across the country.
With modern technology, we are now seeing cars emerge with lane departure warning systems, brake assistance systems, and other collision avoidance technologies. While these are definitely a step in the right direction, the simple advent of the seat belt has proven to be the safest device you can use in the car.
Here at CEDA Orthopedics and Interventional Medicine, we encourage you to always wear your seatbelt. If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident and suffered injuries, please contact any of our centers directly by the phone number at the bottom of the screen, or click on “Book Now” to schedule an appointment. Our medical professionals will develop a recovery plan especially for you, and make sure that you get back on your feet as soon as possible.