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How Effective Are Seat Belts

Posted by: Jimmy De La Espriella
Category: Personal Injury Blogs

Seat belts are so common I bet you don’t even think twice to clip it on. You get in the car and it’s so automatic that you don’t even contemplate it. 

But that’s not the case for everyone. A lot of people absolutely despise seat belts. The belt chafes the neck or maybe the seat belt is just too tight. Whatever the reason is, people will find a way to not use the seatbelt properly. 

So here’s the question, how effective are seat belts? The question isn’t whether they are effective or not. That is no question. A belt that stops you from flying forward and through your windshield is necessary. A mechanism that will stop you from bashing your head into the steering wheel will always be better than eating the steering wheel because you didn’t put on a seat belt.
So just how effective and important are seat belts?

How Seat Belts Can Possibly Reduce Damage

Studies done by institutions in the USA show that there is positive correlation to wearing seat belts.

During the 60s and 70s, the police reported about 40,000 car accidents in the USA. A very small number in relation to how it is NOW. Of the 40,000 accidents, about 80% were found to have no seat belt, 18% had a lap belt (a belt that is located near the pelvis and somewhat rests on the lap), and 2% had a full seat belt on. 

Just to compare, the individuals wearing a lap belt had a 38% lower fatality rate than the unrestrained test group. 

In addition to that, the group of people that got into car accidents with a full seat belt had no fatalities. As if that wasn’t convincing enough on the benefits and the full upside of seatbelts, there was studies done on how the angles at which the car accidents happen can possibly affect the damage. All studies point to the idea that seatbelts heavily reduce fatality and potential damage to motor vehicle operators. From any angle that the car was hit, having even at least a lap belt significantly reduced damage.

Car Accidents with a Seat Belt in Miami

In Miami, the use of a seatbelt is so important. With the crazy amount of drivers that don’t pay attention to the road or traffic signals, a seat belt can quite literally save your life. 

Being thrown out of your windshield and ending up on the pavement is the last thing you want during a car accident. 

During a car accident, a seat belt can help you so much, you may not even realize. It can stop you from eating the pavement, going straight through your steering wheel, and even moving around and crashing into the interior of your car. 

The potential loss that could result from a car accident are:

  • Brain injury
  • Permanent damage (to whatever body parts)
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Potential death

These aren’t the only bodily injuries. However, these are the most common severe injuries that people go through after a car accident.

However, these are just the losses from a physical perspective. After experiencing these damages and losses, the special damages can be:

  • Expensive medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Continuous therapy sessions
  • Possibly expensive funeral services
  • And more

These only outline the most common special damages that people must pay for after a car accident in Miami. Special damages are any kind of damages that are specific and can be quantified through a numerical value. For example, although “pain and suffering” is unquantifiable” because pain and suffering for a broken arm can be excruciating for one person and have them bedridden and under pain medication for a long time, but for some people it is just a broken arm and they will continue to live life as if it was never broken in the first place. However, if you bring out the medical bills and therapy sessions that were needed to reach full health, then authorities can quantify the damages through the bills and receipts. 

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer for Car Accidents in Miami

When it comes to severe injuries and permanent damages from a car accident in Miami, getting financial compensation can be complicated. 

If you feel like there was negligence involved from the other driver, such as distracted driving, but can’t seem to muster up a case or it is getting too complicated going back and forth by yourself with the adjusters, calling a personal injury lawyer is a good idea.

A personal injury lawyer in Miami can help you get the financial compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you suffered.

We offer a completely free consultation to hear out your story and see how we can assist you with your injuries and the pain and suffering you went through. Once we hear you out, our team will immediately go into gathering evidence such as medical bills and photos to build you a strong case. 

Our goal is to build you a strong case for financial compensation. Settling for less than your desired amount is something we will not do. We will do anything in our power, even filing suit to a third party to make sure that you are financially compensated.

Author: Jimmy De La Espriella
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