Statistics show that traffic accidents and motor vehicle crashes kill more Americans than any other cause of death from the time that the person is born through the first 30 years of their life.
It’s shocking to think that auto accidents are the main reason for infants, children, and particularly young adults to lose their lives in this country — and for many, these deaths could have been prevented in thy had been protected in the crash with car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
2015 CDC Seat Belt Facts
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new “fact sheets” and other research summaries regarding motor vehicle accident fatalities and how to fight against deaths in car accidents.
From the CDC we know:
- 94% of the people riding in vehicles today, in both Indiana and Illinois, are wearing safety belts — and a significant number, 6%, are NOT. (This is a lot better than Ohio, for example, where only 82% are wearing seat belts.)
- Over 2,200,000 people had to get treatment in an emergency room after being injured in an auto accident during the year 2012 alone.
- Motor vehicle crashes are considered a major public health problem in this country.
- Teenagers die from bodily injuries sustained in traffic accidents than from anything else.
- Over half (55%) of those who were age 13 – 20 years of age who died in a traffic accident were NOT wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
- Teenagers are less likely to wear seat belts than older adults and men are less likely to wear safety belts than women.
- Wearing a safety belt cuts the chance of death in an auto accident by 50%.
- Air bags are not an alternative to wearing a seat belt; they provide additional protection to the person wearing a safety belt.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident, then it’s important to learn the reasons for this tragic life event — and if someone failed to insure that your child or teenager was buckled up before hitting the road, then you need to know about it as well as your legal avenues for justice when negligence has caused such severe harm.