People who ignore using a seatbelt while driving or in a moving car are not aware of how important it is to use one. Seatbelts are one of the obvious safety provisions that any car manufacturer should ideally include on their products- irrespective of the style and other specifications.
Statistics show that a lot of people have died or become permanently disabled from car crashes, just because they failed to use a seatbelt. You’ll probably soon find out more reasons than you thought, why seatbelt safety is important.
Why drivers and passengers should always wear a seatbelt
Firstly, a seatbelt holds the driver and passenger in place- onto their seats. Thus, when an accident occurs, there would be way lesser tendencies for the car occupants to get flung out the car door or window. Many times, people who fall out of a car in this manner, get hit by another coming vehicle- hence making them sustain more severe injuries or even dying on the spot.
Additionally, since the seatbelt significantly holds the individual back in their seats, injuries to the head and backbone are less likely to occur. This is true, considering the fact that you would consequently have lesser impacts with the hard parts of the vehicle interior- even if the entire car somersaults and hits the hard road.
Asides these, there are relatively minor accidents that a seatbelt can prevent. For instance, if you suddenly hit the brakes due to an unforeseen danger, it is likely that your car occupants would jerk forward. When this happens, your passengers may hit their heads against the car dashboard or windscreen. With a seatbelt, however, their forward motion is promptly hindered, and they’re held back to their seats.
On another hand, car owners who had their seatbelts on when the accidents occurred, are more likely to get a better insurance settlement for health and property damage. Some people do not get the required financial support for settling medical bills of accident victims, because they were not using a seatbelt when the accidents occurred. The insurance company may possibly mention that the driver and/or the passengers were negligent on obeying road safety rules, hence the reason for their resultant medical conditions.
In order to enforce the importance of seatbelt use amongst motorists in the United States of America, majority of the states now punish drivers and passengers who fail to comply with the standards. This is also true with many other places around the world.
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