How Important Seatbelts Are
When you are driving two to three blocks away to pick up your kids or buy your monthly groceries, you might be thinking about not wearing a seatbelt at all. You may feel that it wouldn’t be necessary because you are driving not far from your home and will not go all the way beyond the speed limit. But, no matter how mundane the task of wearing a seatbelt is, it is by far the most important thing that you can do to ensure your safety while on your car.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of lives could have been saved if occupants had not failed to wear a seatbelt prior to an accident. Although airbags are also effective in preventing fatalities during car crashes, seatbelts provide incomparable protection among adults and older children.
Imagine driving at a speed of 80 miles per hour. Because your body adopts the speed of the moving car, a sudden stop (a head-on car crash, for instance) would make your body continue to move on at the same rate. If you fail to restrain yourself, chances are you will be thrown out of the vehicle at 80 mph, or hit the steering wheel or the windshield at the same speed. Seatbelt’s ultimate goal is to keep you within your car at the time of the crash, where there is the highest possibility of survival.
However, there are instances when seatbelts themselves pose safety concerns among its users. An improperly worn seatbelt, for instance, may cause chest and abdominal injuries during collisions. Lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm also warned about car safety products, including seatbelts, which have been designed and manufactured defectively, causing them not to function in times of need. So, it is not enough to just wear your seatbelt; you have to wear it properly and ensure that you are using only those that have been manufactured within quality standards.