Safety advocates in North Carolina are reminding motorists to buckle up for every trip. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State of North Carolina scores at about 92 percent for seat belt usage. Although that’s pretty high, it still leaves eight percent of motorists unprotected in the event of a wreck. State Highway Patrol officers are urging drivers and passengers to buckle up this summer and all year long. It only takes a few seconds, and it could save your life. Not only is buckling up the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash, it can also save you a $179 ticket.
Seat Belt Usage Facts
In 2017, seat belt use in the U.S. ranged from 67.6 percent in New Hampshire to 97.1 percent in Georgia.
In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages five and older.
Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent.
Buckle Up For Every Trip
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also calling on motorists to buckle up for every trip, every time. Whether you’re going across town or across the country, you need to buckle up. Parents are also encouraged to talk to their tweens and teens about buckling up. Always set a good example by buckling up and insisting that everybody in the car also buckles up. Babies, infants and small children should also be in age and size-appropriate child safety seats.
After a Car Accident in Asheville
Car accidents can leave victims injured and out of work. If you’re recovering from a car accident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another driver, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other injury expenses associated with the crash.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.