As we grow older we begin to realize the fragility of life and how precious good health is. So as a Virginia (VA) car accident injury attorney I’m glad to hear that more and more Virginia (VA) drivers are buckling up. However,
nearly 20% of Virginia drivers do not wear their seat belts. In the U.S. overall, 11.5% of drivers do not buckle-up as determined by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS).
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- -Among passenger vehicle occupant fatalities where seat belt use could be determined, the age groups of 21-to-24 and 25-to-34 had the highest percentage of unrestrained occupants (59%), followed closely by the 13-to-15 and 34-to-44 age groups (57%).
- -Nationally in 2015, when restraint use was known, 52 percent of male fatalities and 40 percent of female fatalities were unrestrained.
- -NHTSA has estimated that, when used, lap/shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
- According to the state police,”Motorists wearing a seat belt are 40 percent less likely to be fatally injured during a crash.” However some people who were wearing a seat belt during the time of an accident are still injured sometimes seriously. It’s a scary world out there and with more and more distracted drivers hitting the road everyday. I won’t even pull out of my driveway without buckling up.