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WSP: Seat Belts Won’t Avoid Accidents, But Will Save Lives

Seat belts save lives.

That may sound like a cliche, and perhaps, it is. But as many would say, cliches are such because they are often truth.

According to officials with the Washington State Patrol, car occupants who wear seat belts are 70 percent less likely to suffering a serious or deadly injury in an accident. That has been shown real as a woman in Wapato died recently in an accident. While she was not the driver, just the passenger, she was not wearing her seat prior to the accident.

Unfortunately, while her car wasn’t to blame for the accident, the vehicle that hit it was traveling at high rates of speed. Due to the high speed involved in the accident, the crash turned out deadly. But despite the fact that the occupants were not wearing their seat belts, officials say that speed was the reason why the injuries turned out deadly.

In many other cases, however, that’s not the case. There are many accidents that wouldn’t amount to much if all people impacted were wearing their seat belts. And while most Americans wear their seat belts while occupying a vehicle, thousands of people are killed in car crashes every year. And 48 percent of them are killed because they did not wear seat belts.

Knowing about these statistics is important because it reminds us that there is a lot we can do to avoid being involved in deadly accidents. There’s also a lot we can do to help secure our friends and loved ones.

Safety features in autos are often overlooked by car buyers as they often prefer other technologies. Still, we urge our readers and clients to consider always putting safety first.

As personal injury attorneys, we have seen countless accidents whose victims could have been saved if they had worn seat belts. We urge you to keep that in mind and act accordingly by never ignoring how important wearing seat belts is.

For more on what officials are saying about the importance of safety devices, follow this link.

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