A rollover accident on December 11 resulted in the death of a Colorado Springs motorist. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle after the car went off the road, rolling three times. This accident is a reminder of why it is important to always wear a seat belt. As personal injury attorneys, we want to provide you with six reasons why wearing a seat belt is so important.
- It is the law in Colorado. While it is only a secondary law, meaning you cannot be pulled over in Colorado exclusively for not wearing a seat belt, a seat belt violation will cost you extra if you are pulled over for another traffic violation.
- Wearing a seat belt increases your overall chances of surviving a crash by about fifty percent.
- Wearing a seat belt prevents you from being thrown from the vehicle. If you are thrown from your vehicle, your chances of surviving a wreck are greatly reduced.
- Seat belts prevent you from hitting the windshield, steering wheel, or other parts of the vehicle, which can help to prevent serious injury or death.
- Seat belts keep the person in place, preventing the driver and passengers from crashing into each other during a wreck. People crashing into each other can also cause serious injuries.
- Even if you have airbags, you are not completely protected. The best protection for a driver and front-seat passenger during a wreck is the combination of air bags with a seat belt. Your seat belt also helps to keep you in your seat so the airbags can provide adequate protection.
While it might seem inconvenient at the time, it is important to always use your seat belt when driving, no matter the distance of the trip. Unfortunately, although seat belts can prevent injuries during a crash, they cannot prevent a crash from happening. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us right away.