A 22-year-old driver was fatally injured this past Thanksgiving when her car collided with a tree in Anderson County. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of her vehicle, swerved off the road, and ultimately hit the tree. While the Tennessee State Patrol has stated that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the fatal crash, the driver did make one mistake: she was incorrectly wearing her seat belt. Every year, approximately 32,000 people are killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States. A large number of those who are fatally injured neglected to wear their seat belts.
Seat Belts Save Lives
While the traffic fatality rate throughout the United States may seem alarmingly high, the number of fatal injuries would be much higher without the use of seat belts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately two million Americans are injured each year in car accidents. Seat belt restraint systems are responsible for saving 14,000 American lives on an annual basis. Despite that fact, 27.5 million Americans still neglect to wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Of all those killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2016, 48.5% of them were not wearing their seat belts.
Why a Seat Belt Helps
Proper use of a seat belt restraint system helps to increase safety in a number of ways. Not only do seat belts keep you securely in your vehicle in the event of a car crash, but they also ensure that the vehicle’s airbags and other safety measures work as designed. When seat belts are not utilized, airbags can cause severe and even fatal injuries. Common airbag injuries include punctured lungs, broken ribs, and severe head trauma.
Wearing your seat belt is not only important for your own safety, but also for the protection of other passengers. Seat belts can keep you from ejecting from your seat and injuring other passengers in the vehicle.
Contact a Jacksboro Automobile Accident Lawyer
At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our team is dedicated to helping you and your family recover in the aftermath of a car accident. Car crash injuries can cause a great deal of difficulty for a family, resulting in both physical and emotional pain. We are here to help ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, call our team today at 423-449-7980.