Good news! Seatbelt use among American adults is at an all-time high of 85% reporting that they wear seatbelts on a regular basis. In 1982, that number was only 11%! Looks like more and more people are realizing the importance of wearing a seatbelt. However, not surprisingly, more and more police officers are pulling people over for not wearing a seat belt. 1 in 7 adults still report that they do not buckle up on the road. Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death of people 5-34 years old in the U.S.? You owe it to yourself and your family to wear one!
Here are some more statistics about seat belts:
- 80% of all death to children in a motor vehicle accident could be prevented by properly securing the safety harnesses and seatbelts. (James Madison University)
- As many as 17,000 people could be saved every year by wearing a seatbelt. (James Madison University)
- For survivors, average medical costs are 50% higher for those not wearing a seatbelt. (Car-Accidents.com)
- Of the 32,598 passengers killed in 2002 as the result of an automobile crash, almost 60% were not wearing seatbelts. (Naval Safety Center)
- Only 1% of passengers who were restrained were ejected from car seats during a car crash. Of those ejected (restrained and unrestrained), 73% were killed. (Naval Safety Center)