Lack of Seat Belt Use Contributes to Alabama Car Accident Fatalities
April 30th, 2013|
April 30, 2013
Despite data showing that the use of seat belts can significantly reduce the chances of injuries and fatalities in the event of a collision, a large portion of Alabama citizens are still failing to buckle up. Alabama Department of Transportation data shows that almost 60 percent of those who died last year as a result of Alabama Car Accidents were not properly restrained at the time of the accident.
According to an article published in a recent issue of the Insurance Journal, a total 424 fatal accidents were reported in Alabama during 2012, resulting in the loss of 513 lives. Reports show that a lack of proper restraint was a contributing factor in 251 of those collisions.
State laws state that anyone riding in the front seat or any child in the vehicle between the ages of 6 and 15 must wear a seat belt at all times while a vehicle is in motion. Any child under the age of 6 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Anyone who violates these regulations is subject to receiving a citation from law enforcement.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the risks that failing to buckle up in a motor vehicle can present in an accident. That’s why the firm urges everyone to make putting on a seat belt the first thing they do every time they get in a vehicle.