Seat Belt Safety and Statistics
63% of people killed in car accidents are not wearing seat belts.
Seat Belts are the best protection in a car accident.
Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. 63% of people killed in accidents are not wearing seat belts. Wearing a seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on America's roadways.
Data suggests that education alone is not doing the job with young people especially males ages 16 to 25 the age group least likely to buckle up. They simply do not believe they will be injured or killed. Yet they are the nation's highest-risk drivers, with more drunk driving, more speeding, and more crashes. Neither education nor fear of injury or death is strong enough to motivate this tough-to-reach group.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined that headrests that are rated good reduce neck injury rates. However, in one recent study, only a small portion of drivers had their head restraints in the correct position. For drivers that were protected by a good system:
- Drivers in cars with head restraints rated good are 24 percent less likely to suffer neck injuries in rear-end crashes than drivers with head restraints rated poor. Percentages of drivers with neck injuries ranged from 22 percent of those with good head restraints to 27 percent of those with poor head restraints.
- Female drivers have higher neck injury rates overall than male drivers -- 30 percent versus 23 percent.
- Neck injury likelihood was 36 percent lower among female drivers with good head restraints than among females with poor restraints. Among male drivers, the risk reduction was 10 percent with good head restraints.
- Drivers 65 and older have lower neck injury rates overall than younger drivers -- 13 percent versus 27 percent among drivers 50 to 64 years old and 33 percent among drivers 49 and younger.
At Powell and Espat, we can not stress enough that being safe is so important for the quality of your life. Please be safe and use your seat belts, and adjust your head rest so it provides the most protection for you and your family.
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