Seat Belts Save

Seat Belt Safety For Adults

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 48% of motor vehicle accident victims in 2015 were not wearing seat belts. In 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives.


The effects of wearing a seat belt are clear: buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Every year an estimated 9,500 lives are saved by wearing a seat belt. And according to the Iowa DOT, your chances of surviving a crash are up to 70% better if you buckle up.

So what do seat belts actually do?

Seat belts are designed to keep drivers behind the wheel and passengers in the vehicle. They cross the strongest parts of your body - the hips and chest - because these areas are better able to withstand crash forces. Aside from keeping drivers and passengers in their cars, seat belts also prevent passengers from colliding with the steering wheel, windshield, dashboard and other passengers.


Seat belt safety keeps you and other drivers on the road safe and secure. While 90.1% of Americans understand the life-saving value of wearing a seat belt, 27.5 million people still don't buckle up. Follow these seatbelt-wearing guidelines to keep you and your family safe.

Q: What is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-24?

A: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 1 to 24, and the second-leading cause of death for adults age 25 to 84. (National Safety Council).

Q: What percentage of people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015 were not wearing a seat belt?

A: Of the 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, 48 percent were not wearing seat belts.

Q: What is one simple safety solution you can practice every time you get into a car?

A: Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.

Q: What is the one feature in your car that works in accordance with seat belts?

A: Airbags! Airbags work in conjunction with seatbelts. In fact, the force of an airbag alone can seriously injure or even kill you if you are not buckled up.

Q: To what extent can buckling up in the front seat reduce your risk of injury?

A: If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent (Kahane, 2015) and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.

Q: What impact can a seatbelt have while riding in a light truck?

A: If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 60 percent (Kahane, 2015) and moderate to critical injury by 65 percent (NHTSA, 1984).


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