Driver’s Survival in Severe Collision Attributed to Seat Belt Use
CARIBOU, MAINE- Wsbradio.com reports that a man who was involved in a horrific single-vehicle collision likely only survived the ordeal because he wore his seat belt. Joseph Guimond, 21, of Maine was traveling north on Route 1 when his truck veered into the southbound lanes and then left the roadway and struck a utility pole.*
Guimond sustained several injuries in the collision but managed to exit his vehicle and make his way to the side of the road. The victim was taken to Cary Medical Centerand later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. According to the police, Guimond would probably not have lived through the collision if he had not been using his seat belt.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over half of the people killed in car accidents in the United States were not using their seat belts. The CDC says that seat belts are the best way to prevent dying or being severely injured in a car accident. When front seat passengers use their seat belts, they reduce their risk of being killed in a crash by 45% and cut their chances of sustaining serious injuries in half.
Seat belts also prevent people from being ejected from their vehicle. Failing to buckle up makes a person 30 times more likely to be thrown from a car in the event of a crash. Vehicle ejections are fatal more than 75% of the time.
Since 1975, hundreds of thousands of people’s lives have been savedby seat belts. In 2017, 89.7% of people used their seat belts. Seat belt usage rates have gone up almost 20% since the year 2000.
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