Good News: Seat Belt Use Nationwide Hits 88.5 Percent
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released an annual report (downloads PDF file) on seat belt usage nationwide. The results are encouraging—seat belt use in 2015 reached 88.5 percent, up from 86.7 percent in 2014. Though this increase is not statistically significant, it still provides a positive trend and suggests that quite soon seat belt use will reach over 90 percent.
The 2015 survey additionally revealed the following:
- Seat belt use for occupants in passenger vehicles is currently 90.3 percent, an increase from 88.1 percent in 2014.
- Seat belt use for occupants is highest in the western United States.
- Seat belt use is highest in states in which occupants are pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belts, so called primary law States, as compared to states requiring another offense to pull the driver over.
- Seat belt use for occupants of pickup trucks rose to 80.8 percent, which is a significant increase from 77.2 percent in 2014, but continues to lag behind seat belt use among the occupants of passenger cars.
Seat Belt Use Continues to Save Lives
It is encouraging to see that more and more people are wearing their seat belts across the United States. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children and adults across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million adult drivers and passengers are treated in emergency rooms for their injuries each year. Seat belt use is the number one way to save lives and reduce injuries in the event of an accident, but some adults and children alike continue to neglect to wear their seat belt.
Seat belt use reduces the risk of injury or death by about half. This is a tremendous and effective tool to prevent traffic deaths and injuries. Although this 2015 survey is an excellent indication that more and more people are starting to recognize the importance of wearing a seat belt, some still forget or elect not to wear their belt.
Teens are traditionally the least likely to wear their seat belt. In fact, half of all teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Those who reside in rural areas and live in states without primary enforcement laws are also less likely to wear their seatbelts.
The Atlanta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are encouraged by survey data demonstrating more Americans are remembering their seat belts. We hope the trend continues and seat belt use reaches new highs next year.
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http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812243.pdf (downloads PDF file)