New reports from AAA and National Occupant Protection Use Survey show North Carolinians are not wearing seat belts as much. Although this is illegal, it's drawing attention to the effectiveness of seat belts.
Not wearing a seat belt can be fatal, but there are also injuries caused by seat belts and accidents that involve defective seat belts. Out of all the North Carolina car accidents that took place in the first six months of 2013, almost half of them involved drivers and passengers who were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts consistently prove to be effective in preventing injuries and death in car crashes. The studies show that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of injury by 50%--and this rate varies depending on the type of vehicle and if the individual is seated in the front or rear of the vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control report that seat belts prevent individuals in a motor vehicle from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected during a crash. Almost all people ejected from a vehicle in a car crash die from their injuries; very few survive.
Although 2012 showed the number of people in North Carolina who wear seat belts dropped slightly, compared to 10 years ago the number of restrained drivers has gone up nearly 10%. Seat belts continue to be effective at preventing and reducing the severity of injuries. Why has North Carolina seat belt use gone down? No definitive results have been made.
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