Thanks to breakthroughs in automotive technology, driving has never been safer or more enjoyable. Tire pressure monitoring systems, lane departure prevention systems, backup cameras – these innovations are preventing accidents and saving lives.
Despite these safety features, the seat belt is still the most effective injury-prevention device in your vehicle. Fortunately, more people are buckling up every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 83 percent of drivers and passengers in Mississippi wear their seat belts.
However, that means 17 percent of vehicle occupants are at a high risk of suffering injuries or dying in the event of accidents. According to the CDC, seat belts lower the risk of injuries and death by about half, and they saved 12,802 lives in 2014.
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If you were injured by a negligent driver in Mississippi – even if you were not buckled up – you may be entitled to compensation for health-care expenses, time off work and other losses. A Gulfport car accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD will help you fight for the highest possible compensation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn five reasons why wearing a seat belt is so important:
- Secures You in Position
If your car begins to skid or spin, your seat belt will hold you in the ideal position to take evasive action. Drivers who do not buckle up are more likely to lose control of their vehicles and crash.
- Prevents Ejection
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you are more likely to die in an accident if you are ejected from the vehicle. Your seat belt will keep you inside your car.
- Distributes Impact Force
Your lap and shoulder belt will distribute the impact of the force over the strongest parts of your body. This is less likely to cause an injury than a concentrated impact on your head, chest or abdomen, which is likely to happen if you are unrestrained.
- Helps Your Body Match the Speed of Your Vehicle
If you are not buckled up, your body will continue moving at the same speed of your vehicle after the impact. Depending on the nature of your crash, you could hit the steering wheel, dashboard or side window if you are not buckled up.
- Protects Your Brain and Spine
Hitting your head in a crash is likely to cause a traumatic brain injury. These can range in severity from minor concussions to potentially fatal coup-countercoup and diffuse axonal injuries.
Your spine is also at risk. Even a minor injury to your spinal cord can be devastating. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that a partial loss of motor function could cost you $347,484 for the first year of treatment and $42,206 for each subsequent year.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport accident lawyer will help you fight for the highest possible settlement, and if your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience and resources to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.