The Importance of Wearing Your Seatbelt This Thanksgiving Holiday

The Importance of Wearing Your Seatbelt This Thanksgiving Holiday

Beginning last Monday, November 15, and lasting until Sunday, November 28, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ( NHTSA) campaign, titled “Buckle Up,” promotes seatbelt use during the Thanksgiving holiday season since many Americans will be traveling about the country to visit family and friends.

The NHTSA reports that around 85 percent of Americans regularly wear their seatbelt, which is a record high. Regardless, an estimated 45 million Americans don’t put on their seatbelt when getting in their motor vehicle. Every day, around 38 passenger vehicle occupants who aren’t wearing their seatbelts die in traffic accidents. The NHTSA estimates that about 13,000 passenger vehicle occupants who were unbuckled died in motor vehicle accidents in 2008. Around one-third of those lives could have been saved if they were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.

In 2008, during the Thanksgiving holiday season (November 17 through December 1), 1,120 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes. Unfortunately, over half of those who lost their lives weren’t wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The NHTSA reports that teens are among those least likely to wear their seatbelts, followed by young adults, males, nighttime drivers and occupants, drivers and occupants traveling on rural roads, and drivers and occupants in pickup trucks. It is important for all drivers and occupants, even pregnant women, to wear their seatbelts at all times when in a motor vehicle.

Many people falsely believe if their motor vehicle is equipped with airbags they don’t need to wear a seatbelt. This is not the case; airbags are designed to work in tandem with seatbelts. Not wearing a seatbelt during a traffic accident could cause you to be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal airbag, and a movement of such high force could injure or even kill you.

The San Jose personal injury lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates remind you to always wear your seatbelt and to travel safely during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Wearing your seatbelt could save your life or save you from suffering serious personal injury.

If you have been injured in a San Jose car accident, you may want to speak with a San Jose car crash lawyer to discuss your legal options. The attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates offer free consultations and can be reached at (800) 900-0863. Call us today to find out how we can help with your San Jose car collision case.

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