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At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we want to encourage teens and all motor vehicle drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your chance of injury and death in a car accident by 50%. According to TeenDriverSource.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making driving safer for teenagers, 2,206 young adults died in crashes when they were not wearing their seat belt in 2013.
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Some Facts About Teen Driving and Seat Belt Usage
As we discussed here, motor vehicle wrecks are the leading cause of death in teenagers aged 16 to 19. Moreover, 15- to 24-year-olds are just 14% of the population, but the auto accidents they cause result in nearly one-third of all costs related to car accidents.
Studies conclusively show that wearing a seat belt is the most reliable method of saving your life and reducing your injuries. Wearing a seat belt protects you as a driver or passenger by
- Preventing you from being ejected — only 1% of occupants wearing a seatbelt are ejected
- Preventing you from being thrown around against the hard interior surfaces of the vehicle and other people in the car and by
- Distributing the crash forces more evenly across your body helping to prevent trauma to weaker body parts
The first of these is the most crucial. If you are ejected through the windshield, you are three or four times more likely to die. Your passage through the glass might be fatal in and of itself. But, depending on your speed, you are going to be thrown as much as 150 feet forward past the hood. That is half a football field — from the endzone to midfield. You are going to hit a tree or the asphalt or another car, or who knows what else. You might be crushed by your own car as it rolls and grinds and bounces post-impact.
However, millions of drivers and passengers make the bad choice to not wear their seat belts. Various statistics show:
- Young adults (18-34) are less likely to wear seat belts
- Men are less likely than women to wear seat belts
- Every year, more than half of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt
TeenDriverSource.org lists these as the most common excuses for teens not wearing a seat belt:
- “They are uncomfortable”
- “They wrinkle my clothes”
- “I was just going around the corner”
- “I forgot”
- “I didn’t understand why it was important”
- “I didn’t want to be lame in front of my friends”
These excuses are not good enough. In 2008, seat belts saved an estimated 13,000 lives nationwide. Be a safe driver. Be part of the “lives saved” statistic rather than the “those killed.” Wear your seat belt, if not for yourself, then for your family, friends, and loved-ones.
Not Wearing Your Seat Belt Might Cost You Money
If safety is not a good enough reason to wear your seatbelt, how about this reason: more MONEY. If there is a car wreck caused by someone else, you will be entitled to recover monetary damages for any and all personal injuries and property damage. However, as we discussed here, not wearing your seat belt probably means less compensation for your injuries. So, again, wear your seatbelt to help ensure a maximum recovery if you are injured through no fault of your own.
Contact Our Long Island Car Accident Lawyers Today
Do you need to know more about the New York vehicular law? Have you been injured in an motor vehicle crash? Contact an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (866) 580-1960. Our experienced Nassau County car accident attorneys can advise you on the law and help recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your car and other losses suffered in a car accident. We offer no cost/no obligation consultations and are available 24/7. Call for immediate help today.