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Seat belts can make all the difference in the event of a wreck, learn how to wear yours properly.

Every 60 seconds an accident occurs. On busy roads such as Kellogg and Rock Road the bumper to bumper traffic makes it easy to see how this can happen. Even minor crashes can lead to severe injuries – especially when drivers and passengers don’t wear seat belts. Take a few minutes to read how seat belts can save you or a loved one in the event of an accident.

1. Buckling up is the most efficient safety method to protect yourself and passengers

Each year, over 13,000 lives are saved by seat belts. When worn properly, seat belts are the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a wreck. From 2004 to 2008, lives saved by seat belts were enough to fill a large sports arena, over 75,000. During a crash, seat belts keep you secure inside of your vehicle. Being ejected from a vehicle is almost always fatal.

2. Air bags don’t replace seat belts

Some people think that air bags can protect them in event of an accident. While air bags do help, they are designed to be used with seat belts. In fact, without a seat belt, the forceful movement could seriously injure or even kill you. In addition, sometimes air bags are defective and don’t even deploy.

3. Seat belts are most effective when worn properly

Using a seat belt improperly might still save you, but may cause injury. The safest way to buckle up has the lap and shoulder belt across the pelvis and the rib cage. Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.

4. Wear a seat belt that fits

Before buying a car, you should make sure the seat belt fits you. If not, ask the dealer about seat belt adjusters for a secure fit. Older cars often have seat belts that have lap belts only. Contact a manufacturer to learn how to retrofit your car with a lap/shoulder belt.

5. Seat belts should be worn by everyone

Not only could it save you a ticket, it could save a life. Seat belts should be worn by everyone in the car, including pregnant women. Children under the age of 12 should be in a booster seat or car seat appropriate for their age and size.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

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