By Pendergast Law on October 29, 2010
Results from the latest survey of seat belt use in Washington were released recently and they show that the use rate has jumped to 97.6 percent. This is the biggest improvement in years and is expected to be one of the highest in the nation.
The State Patrol cites about 47,000 people annually for failing to buckle up. The “Click it or Ticket Project”which is the primary enforcement seat belt law has resulted in a 21% drop in vehicle occupant deaths, from an average of 518 from 1995 to 2002, to an average of 410 from 2003 to 2009. During those same time periods serious injuries from traffic crashes dropped 25%.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for people killed or injured in traffic crashes, medical and lost productivity costs totaled $99 billion nationwide. Of that, $58 billion pertained to people who were killed. Medical costs from traffic crashes amount to more than $276 million each year.
A recent research study conducted by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle found that an unbuckled motorist’s medical bills amount to $11,000 more per collision than that of a belted motorist, so improved seat belt use is not only saving lives, but also reducing medical costs from collisions.
You and your family can prevent a lot of anguish by remembering to buckle up ‘ especially young people. Teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use, so they can do a lot on their own to reduce deaths and injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and get compensation for your injuries. If you think you have a claim contact our Seattle personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. You obtain the best possible legal services at the time of your injury without having to pay money out of your pocket for legal services. No recovery means no attorney fee.