Birmingham Auto Accident Injury

Many Alabama Car Accident Fatalities Attributed to Lack of Seat Belt Use

by Staff Blogger | April 9th, 2013

April 9, 2013

Despite the proven effectiveness of seat belts in preventing injury or death, an astounding number of Alabama citizens still fail to buckle up.

Statistics have shown that buckling up can decrease the chances of a fatality in the event of an accident by as much as 50 percent. Yet, new data reported by the Alabama Department of Transportation has found that almost 60 percent of all motorists who died last year as a result of Alabama Car Accidents were not properly restrained.

According to an article from the Insurance Journal, Alabama State Troopers investigated a total of 424 fatal collisions in 2012 where seat belts were installed in the vehicle. Of the 513 individuals killed in those incidents, 251 were not buckled up.

The high rate of fatalities attributed to a lack of seat belts was reported even though state law requires all front seat passengers and children between the ages of 6 and 15-years-old to be properly restrained at all times. Furthermore, children under the age of 6 are mandated to ride in an approved child safety or booster seat.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers a motor vehicle accident can pose. That is why the firm asks that citizens buckle up every time they hit the road and encourage others in the vehicle to do the same.