The law requires motorists to wear a seat belt when driving. This rule also applies to any passengers in the vehicle. It is incredibly crucial to wear a seat belt, no matter how annoying you might think it is. The numerous benefits of wearing a seatbelt outweigh the reasons why you shouldn’t wear one.
Not wearing a seat belt could potentially get you pulled over and issued a ticket. Driving without a seat belt is against the law, and any police officer would cite you for the problem. However, getting a ticket is the least of your worries when driving without a seat belt.
The Benefit of Wearing a Seat Belt
Seat belts save lives. Statistically, 50 percent of people who died in a car accident did not have a seat belt on. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of injury by 50 percent. Furthermore, if you do not wear a seatbelt when you are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicles in an accident. That statistic is even worse when 75 percent of people ejected from a vehicle die from their injuries.
These are serious statistics that should persuade everyone to wear a seat belt. Losing your life over not wearing a seat belt is not necessary. It doesn’t matter how far you are going, if your in the back seat, or if the seat belt hurts you. The seat belt could very well save your life. Plus, getting hurt from the seat belt is much better than being ejected from the vehicle and losing your life.
Further evidence suggests that 5,000 people could be saved every year if they wore seat belts. Unfortunately, people continue to use the aforementioned excuses not to wear a seat belt. Secure your life by wearing the seat belt the next time you drive.
Got a Ticket?
Did you get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt? Statistically, you were fortunate enough only to experience the smallest issue of driving without a seat belt. If you feel you have been wrongfully issued the ticket, then get in touch with Kelly McMahan Law. You can reach her office at (512) 843-2889 or visit her services page to find more about her specialization.