Two Macon residents survived the rollover of one’s Honda Fit in early June after a 42-year-old man ran a stop sign. The impact of his pickup truck flipped the Fit onto its roof, but fortunately the two passengers escaped relatively unharmed. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with DUI, failure to yield right of way and driving without insurance.
First responders to the scene credit seat belts with saving the lives of the two injured in the rollover.
Seat Belt Statistics
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for people aged 1-54 in the United States. For adults and older children, seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to prevent death and minimize injury during car accidents. Despite this, millions of Americans do not buckle up on every trip.
In 2015, 22,441 vehicle occupants died in car accidents. More than half of them were unrestrained at the time of the accident.
Teenagers in particular are much more likely to go without seat belts. Teens self-report a variety of reasons why, including:
- Seat belts are uncomfortable
- The trip was short
- They forgot
- They did not understand the importance of seat belts
- Seat belts are not “cool”
Seat belts can reduce injury and fatality rates by an astonishing 50 percent. So, no matter how far you are going, commit to always wearing your seat belt. As one can see based on the above story, seat belts are your number one line of defense in a car accident.