Studies have shown a majority of Alabama’s citizens consider highway safety to be a top priority. But data indicates that many drivers and passengers who have perished in Alabama car accidents failed to properly restrain themselves with seatbelts prior to the crash.
According to al.com, there were a total of 255 deaths on Alabama highways where lack of seatbelt use was considered to be a contributing factor in the victim’s death in 2014—more than 60 percent of all the Alabama highway fatalities that year.
These numbers seem consistent with what we are seeing this year. Troopers say that an estimated 79 percent of Alabama’s highway deaths have listed failure to use a seatbelt as a contributing factor.
The state is working to reduce the number of roadway deaths through the “Drive Safe Alabama” program, which focuses on educating drivers of all ages about the dangers and risks they face on the road.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know how dangerous riding in a vehicle without using seatbelts can be. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers encourage you to be a role model to others by buckling up every time you drive.