An accident occurs nearly every 5 seconds throughout the United States. Of those accidents, thousands will be saved simply for the fact that they wore their seat-belt. Others, unfortunately will not be as lucky. The laws are in place for a reason. Wearing your seat-belt will increase your safety in an accident tremendously. In Arizona, Seat-belt laws are enforced to protect everyone. Follow these 4 tips below in order to always keep yourself and your loved ones safe in a vehicle.
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In 2008, seat belts saved more than 13,000 lives nationwide. From 2004 to 2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives — enough people to fill a large sports arena. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
2. Air bags are designed to work WITH seat belts, not replace them.
In fact, if you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag, a movement of such force it could injure or even kill you. See www.safercar.gov for more on air bag safety.
3. How to buckle up safely:
Follow the guidelines shown in the photo to the right. As you can see, the lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are more able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
4. Fit matters.
Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you. Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit. If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders. If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.
Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck. Adjust the lap belt across your hips below your stomach.
NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.
In Arizona, should you be in an accident and injured, and it later proven that your injuries resulted from your own failure to use the available seat belt, you may be denied a recovery of medical expenses and compensation for your injuries. Seat belts are NUMBER ONE defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
Indeed, they may be the only defense.
You cannot always prevent what you cannot see coming. You can only take steps in preparation that the unfortunate and unwanted does
Please buckle up, and be one of the 13,000 saved.