Wearing a seat belt can prevent deaths and reduce the number of serious injuries in an accident. Despite the known benefits, you see an article a day about motorists who disregarded warnings and suffered serious injuries. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently reported that three men from Washington County recently suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident after failing to wear their seat belts.
Fayette County Accident
Around 2:30 a.m. on February 19, the men were traveling on Route 51 (Pittsburgh Road) when the car they were riding in veered off the road and crashed into a tree. According to the police, none of the three men were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Paramedics transported the men to a local hospital. Their status is unknown at this time.
Seat Belt Use Prevents Injuries and Save Lives
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seat belt use saved over 12,000 lives and prevented countless injuries nationwide in 2014.
Without a seat belt, the force of impact can throw a person around the vehicle or even eject drivers and passengers during an accident. A person ejected from a vehicle may land in the roadway or crash into a tree. Victims of vehicle ejection may suffer traumatic brain injury, broken bones, spinal cord damage, or fatal injuries.
Wearing a seat belt not only benefits you, but also those around you. For example, if a backseat passenger is unrestrained, s/he may fly into another passenger and cause serious or fatal injuries.
Despite the risk of severe or fatal injuries, far too many drivers fail to use them time and time again. Seat belt use in Pennsylvania is actually decreasing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt use in Pennsylvania decreased .9 percent between 2014 and 2015. Our state has seen a steady decrease since 2009, when almost 88 percent of drivers and passengers wore their seat belts.
Our state is almost six percent below the national average of 88.5 percent.
Make sure you and everyone else in your vehicle buckles up — each and every time.
Can I recover compensation even if I was not wearing a seat belt?
Yes. However, it is important to note that the insurer may attempt to decrease your settlement by claiming that you contributed to your injuries by not wearing a seat belt.
Our attorneys will investigate your accident and work to prove that your injuries had nothing to do with your seat belt use. We can also assist with the investigation process by evaluating the scene, contacting witnesses, and getting qualified experts to testify on your behalf. While we are handling your case, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Let us help you recover the compensation you need after your injuries. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.