The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started showing advertisements for its Click It or Ticket campaign in mid-May and the “enforcement period” has just started today, May 23rd. Teaming up with law enforcement agencies around the country, the NHTSA is encouraging the use of seatbelts around the clock and across the calendar. Police are promising to amp up patrols on major highways, including the I-95 and I-75 in Florida, from May 23rd to June 5th; most of the additional squad cars will be dispatched between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM, when NHTSA statistics show a spike in fatal car accidents.
The campaign was relaunched after recent data showed that close to 50% of all fatal car accidents in the county involved someone who was not wearing their seatbelt. In certain states, that percentage was as high as 70%. An unknown statistic of serious injuries were caused by a lack of seatbelt use.
The Importance of Buckling Up
It should go without saying that seatbelt use is important. One simple motion and a tiny little click can save your life in a serious car accident. There are also no known downsides to seatbelts; the myth of seatbelts trapping people in burning cars is unfounded and there is no evidence to suggest “flying away from the wreckage” is a better option.
Beyond the safety benefits, seatbelts provide two other positives. First, wearing your seatbelt will stop you from getting a ticket for not wearing one. Wouldn’t you feel bad writing a check for a couple hundred dollars to the state when you could have just click on your safety restraint? Secondly, if you are not wearing a seatbelt when you are hurt in a car accident, insurance companies will cut your claim to ribbons, stripping you of almost any ability to gain compensation, even when you are not the one at fault.
Protect yourself, your wallet, and your injury claim by wearing a seatbelt. It is that simple and that effective. For more information, or to file a car accident claim, call 866.675.4427 to connect with Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. One of our Stuart personal injury lawyers would be happy to provide you with more information during a free initial consultation.