It’s rather simple: you get in your car or truck, take a seat, and before even turning the key, you buckle up. Seat belts can save your life in the event of a car accident, and they are such an easy way to keep yourself and your passengers safe.
Still, many seem to feel that seatbelts aren’t necessary. According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelt use in 2012 reached eighty-six percent among American drivers and riders in the U.S., up from eighty-four percent in 2011.
Seat belt use has been on the rise since 1994, as the number of drivers and passengers willing to ride unrestrained is dropping.
What’s interesting is the use of seat belts by region. The West has the highest seat belt usage rating, with ninety-four percent of drivers and riders buckling up.Next is the South and Midwest, both at eighty-five percent. The worst region in America for seat belt safety is the Northeast, with eighty percent of drivers and passengers using seat belts in 2012.
States with primary enforcement seat belt laws saw a much higher percentage of seat belt use than states with secondary enforcement laws. There is ninety percent usage in primary enforcement states and only seventy-eight percent usage in secondary enforcement states. California is a primary enforcement state.
The rising trend of seat belt use is an definite positive for vehicle operators and passengers in California and across the U.S. Such a simple precaution could save your life if you are ever in an accident. As an experienced auto accident attorney in Sherman Oaks, California, I’ve seen far too often the unnecessary damages failing to buckle up can cause. Be sure that you and your passengers are properly using their seat belts.
If you are injured in a car or truck accident or have questions about seat belt laws in California, contact an experienced auto accident injury attorney today.