According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 10,000 fatalities in 2014 on U.S. roadways due to passengers who failed to wear their safety belt. This number has risen significantly since then.
The bottom line is that seat belts help to save lives. However, there are still a large number of people who refuse or forget to wear them. There are even some vehicles where the seatbelts are missing or broken. In these situations, the easiest fix is to invest in seat belt replacement.
Getting to know some of the reasons you should always wear a seatbelt when in a moving vehicle can be beneficial.
You May Become a Projectile
If you are a passenger in a vehicle, and not wearing a seat belt during a collision, you may become a projectile. An unbuckled passenger can be easily ejected through the side, rear or front windows, which could result in extremely serious injuries or even death.
Passengers in the Back Seat Also Need to Wear a Seat Belt
If you are riding in the back seat, you may believe you are exempt from having to wear a seat belt. This isn’t the case. You can also be injured if an accident occurs. In fact, according to statistics, individuals who wore a lap and shoulder belt in the back seat of a vehicle were 44 percent more likely to survive an accident, than those who did not. If there is no seat belt, then the vehicle’s owner needs to invest in seat belt replacement.
Being informed is the best way to remain safe if you are ever involved in an accident. Make sure to invest in seat belt replacement if there are no working seatbelts in your vehicle.
Find our more about seat belt replacement by visiting the Safety Restore website.