Montgomery Woman’s Fatal Car Accident Demonstrates Importance of Wearing a Seat Belt

February 15, 2018 Car Accidents

Although it may seem like such a small action, wearing a seat belt is very important. Thousands of people involved in car accidents each year survive because they were wearing seat belts. In fact, the CDC reports that seat belts can reduce serious car accident injuries by 50%.

Recently, a 36-year-old woman from Montgomery tragically died in a car accident. Her car collided with another vehicle on Highway 49, and she was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The other driver sustained injuries, but is alive. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family during this difficult time.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reported that the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. According to the CDC, more than half of teenagers and adults who passed away from car accidents were not wearing seat belts.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 90.1 percent of Americans use their seat belt. Yet, 27.5 million Americans still don’t wear seat belts, which is a significant number of people who put their lives at risk. The goal is to have 100% of Americans wear seat belts, all the time.

Certain people are typically less likely to wear seat belts than others. Let’s take a look at these stats:

Seat Belt Stats

  • Teenagers and young adults 18 to 24-years old are less likely to wear seat belts
  • Women are more likely to wear seat belts than men
  • Adults in urban areas are less likely to wear seat belts than those in urban areas

Regardless of preference, in Alabama, it is illegal to not wear a seat belt in most instances. Under Alabama Law, all front-seat occupants must wear a seat belt. Back seat passengers under the age of 15 are required to wear seat belts as well. However, it is a best practice to always wear a seatbelt, regardless of age. Those who violate the law must pay a $25 ticket.

According to Alabama Public Health.gov, motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of death in Alabama residents who are one to 34-years old. This alarming statistic alone demonstrates why it is so important to stay safe while driving and wear a seatbelt. In fact, as an Alabama driver, you have a 54.1% chance of being involved in a fatal crash, or sustaining injuries from a motor vehicle crash, in your lifetime.

With the statistics about the effectiveness of seat belts and risk of accidents in mind, it is important to set an example of wearing a seat belt for your family and friends. Below are some tips to make seat belt use a permanent habit.

  • Whether you are a passenger or driver, always wear a seatbelt – no matter how short the trip
  • Call out family and friends who do not wear a seat belt and do not drive them around before they do so
  • Keep a post-it note reminder to buckle up until it becomes a routine habit
  • Tell passengers that the first person to buckle their seat belt is the winner

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