Seat Belts: Your Shield In A Mississippi Car Accident
Mississippi law enforcement recently wrapped up its participation in the national Click It or Ticket campaign. The enforcement period, a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) campaign to increase awareness of seat belts, ran during the most dangerous month for Mississippi when it comes to fatal road accidents – May. Last year in May alone, 68 Mississippians died in auto accidents, and in one week alone, 1,014 were injured, and in many of those fatal accidents, seat belts were not buckled.
Shielding Your Safety
The NHTSA estimates that seat belts save approximately 13,000 lives each year. Even more importantly though, the NHTSA estimates that 7,000 car accident fatalities could have been avoided if the victims had been wearing seat belts. Buckling up dramatically increases the chances of surviving a car accident and can reduce the amount and severity of injuries sustained in a car accident. In fact, seat belts reduce the risk of death for a front seat car occupant by about 50 percent.
Wearing a seat belt is not just a requirement under the law; it is an integral factor in a person’s survival in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 50 percent of all fatalities in passenger vehicle accidents happened to people who were not buckled up. This number is as high as 70 percent in some states and unfortunately in Mississippi this number holds slightly above the 50 percent average. Worse though is the fact that during the night hours and early morning hours, the number of fatal car accidents with no seat belts increases to 60.3 percent.
Mississippi’s Deadly Drivers
Nationally, 88.5 percent of people in passenger vehicles wore their seat belts in 2015 but in Mississippi that number is a much lower 79.5 percent. This dismal statistic is worsened by the fact that Mississippi drivers are rated among the worst in the United States, according to CarInsuranceComparison.com. Mississippi’s 10th ranking was determined by the percentage of deadly wrecks caused by drunk driving, speeding and careless driving.
While there is nothing a person can do about other bad drivers on the road with them, there are certain practices that can keep help them safe. Always be aware of other drivers around you. Obey all traffic laws and posted signs. Never drink and drive. Drive slower in inclement weather and at night, and, as discussed above, always wear a seatbelt when driving to reduce the chance of fatal injury.
Protect Yourself with a Seatbelt and an Experienced Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you recover for your injuries. The Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, Mississippi can help guide you and protect your interests for any injuries or property damage that you may have sustained in an auto accident. Call us at (228) 374-9787 or visit us online.