How do seat belts help in an accident?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, May 31st, 2021 at 8:55 am
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How Seat Belts Save Lives

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we always advocate for safe driving. And one of the easiest things you can do is wear a seat belt. In fact, seat belts are so important, that it is illegal throughout most of the US to not wear your seat belt. But why?

How do seat belts actually help in a car accident?

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How Seat Belts Save Lives

Seat belts work by restraining a car’s occupants in when a crash happens. The CDC says that:

  • 53% of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes in 2009 were not wearing restraints.
  • Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
  • People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.

The CDC also notes that seat belts help prevent crash-related insurance and lost work costs of up to $70 billion.  

Why Some People Don’t Wear Seat Belts

The NHTSA states that 90.7% US drivers (in 2019) always wore their seat belts. The top cited reason for the roughly 10% of drivers that don’t wear them is discomfort, usually somewhere along the should or neck. There’s an easy fix for this: seat belt pads! There are thousands of options available for $10 or less on Amazon. They are easy to put on and remove and they stop the seat belt from rubbing, chaffing, or otherwise digging into your body.

How to Fix a Seat Belt Latch Facing the Wrong Way

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