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Top Five Life-Saving Facts about Seat Belts

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 29, 2012

Washington Car Restraint UseSeat belts remain one of the simplest ways to protect yourself in case of a car accident. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts save over 13,000 lives each year. Here are the NHTSA’s top five things every motorist should know about seat belt safety:

  • Seat belts are still the number-one way to protect yourself in a crash. Being thrown from a vehicle during a crash is almost always deadly, according to the NHTSA. Being knocked around inside the vehicle during an accident can also cause serious injuries or death. A seat belt limits the damage these dangers can cause.
  • Air bags and seat belts work together; they don’t replace each other. In fact, using an air bag without a seat belt might cause more serious injuries or even death in some kinds of crashes. For the best possible protection, always wear a seat belt with an air bag.
  • Know how to put on your seat belt. The shoulder belt should cross the middle of your chest and sit away from your neck, while the lap belt should sit below your stomach and fit snugly against your hips.
  • A seat belt that fits is the best defense. Make sure the seat belts fit or can be adjusted to fit before you buy a new car.
  • Even children and pregnant women can use seat belts. Children may need booster seats to ensure a seat belt fits properly, and motorists who are pregnant may need to adjust their seats – but both should use seat belts.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Washington car accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We can help you get the compensation you need, so you can focus on healing. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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