Shocking Seat Belt Statistics
Whether you’re driving rental car on vacation or commuting to work in your own vehicle, do you wear your seat belt? Seat belt usage has grown exponentially over the past 25 years and now is at the highest percentage of drivers and passengers ever. All states, with the exception of one, have seat belt laws, yet many people neglect this simple safety device.
Seat Belt Safety Stats
- The U.S Department of Transportation states that motor vehicle crashes are the top source for death among those aged 1-54 in the United States with more than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers being treated in the Emergency Room due to being injured in a motor vehicle crash.
- Nearly half of all injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents could be prevented by simply wearing a seat belt.
- Drivers 16-20 years old said the most common reason they don’t always wear a seat belt is that they forget.
- Seat belt use in 2018 was 89.6%, not statistically different (at the 0.05 level) from 89.7% in 2017
- In 2016 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives.
- Research has found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
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