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    January 23 2019

    5 Ways Seat Belts Save Lives

    Prince Philip’s car crash last week, questioned the servile approach of the media toward the Royal Family. Whether or not this marks a turning point in the public’s royal sycophantic views is yet to be seen. But one thing cannot be stressed more: Seat belts save lives.

    No matter where you are driving, the back roads or a highway, a seat belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in accidents.

    Seat belts – 5-Way Protection

    Here are 5 ways in which a seat belt protects the one wearing it correctly:

    1. Keeps you from falling out of the vehicle

    It keeps you inside the car. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.

    Studies show that you are four times more likely to be killed in a car crash if thrown out of a moving vehicle.

    2. Restraints the strongest parts of your body

    It restrains the strongest parts of the body, which in the case of adults and older children are shoulders and hips.

    3. Helps spread out any force from the collision

    A shoulder strap also keeps you away from the dashboard and steering wheel. Furthermore, lap and shoulder belts spread the force of the crash over a wide area of the body.

    4. Allows your body to slow down

    A sudden change in speed causes injury. Seat belts extend the time it takes for you to slow down, thereby helping reduce the extent of the injury.

    5. Helps protect your brain and spinal cord

    Seat belts are designed to protect two critical areas: the head and the spinal cord in case of a car crash.

    Child Safety Seat Laws

    Children have a different skeletal structure and therefore, they need much more protection in case of a car crash. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe in a moving vehicle. There are special types of car seats available and the selection depends upon several factors, including your child’s age, size, and developmental needs. Read here for the American Academy Of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations on choosing the appropriate car seat for your child.

    Of course, the Royals should buckle up!

    When it comes to rules governing the Royals, it must be noted that they are expected to abide by the same laws like the rest of the citizens, with some exceptions for the Queen. However, some of these exceptions can make these laws a bit more complicated.

    Implications of seat belt use in civil suits

    Safety belt use can have serious implications in civil suits. Many states allow the “safety belt defense,” which can reduce damages collected by someone in a crash if the person failed to buckle up. They permit the reduction only for those injuries that would otherwise have been prevented by a seat belt.

    Experienced Personal injury Lawyers

    If you have been in a crash and would like to learn more about how the “safety belt defense,” law might impact your case, and you would like to speak with a law firm that has experience dealing with such cases, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 987-0202.  We will come to you. We offer Free Consultations.

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