National Seat Belt Day: Review Your Seat Belt Practices
The first three-point seat-belt was introduced by Volvo in 1959 in the model PV 544. The company’s design proved to be highly effective at protecting passengers during car accidents, so much so that the Swedish carmaker made its patent available to competitors for free. Decades later, the three-point seat-belt has been used in millions of automobiles. To commemorate the success of Volvo’s life-saving invention, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Uber teamed up with the company to start National Seat Belt Day in 2019.
This year, National Seat Belt Day takes place on November 14. The GHSA, Uber, and Volvo hope that people use the event to familiarize themselves with local seat belt laws and to understand the tremendous benefits of proper seat belt use. To help you and your family learn why seat belt use is so important, Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys offers this guide to National Seat Belt Day in Louisiana.
Louisiana Seat Belt Laws
Violating Louisiana seat belt laws is a primary offense, which means that you can be pulled over, ticketed, and fined if you or a passenger isn’t following the rules. In Louisiana all passengers 13 and older must wear seat belts in any seat of a vehicle. If you frequently travel to other states for business or pleasure, be sure to know those state’s seat belt laws.
Child safety seat laws in Louisiana were recently changed in 2019. The new law states that all children under the age of two must use “a rear-facing child restraint system that complies with all applicable federal regulations until the child reaches the weight or height limit of the child restraint system as set by the manufacturer.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only 87% of Louisiana drivers and passengers wear seat belts. This is below the national average of 90%. Having a lower percentage of seat belt users compared to other states means that Louisiana has more instances of injury and wrongful death due to car accidents and truck accidents.
Educate Your Family on National Seat Belt Day
The simple act of properly wearing a seat belt dramatically reduces your chances of injury in a traffic accident. The NHTSA claims that front-seat car passengers wearing a seat belt reduces the chances of suffering a catastrophic injury by 50% and lowers the chances of a fatal injury by 45%. The numbers are even more drastic for front-seat truck passengers, with 65% and 60% reductions in critical and fatal injuries, respectively.
Given the figures above, it’s abundantly clear that wearing a seat belt is vital to protecting you and your passengers. Please use National Seat Belt Day to stress the importance of seat belts and review your family’s seat belt practices. Some easy and effective things you can do include:
- Checking the condition of all seat belts in your vehicle to make sure they’re in working condition
- Always buckling up before driving your car or truck
- Making sure your passengers are wearing seat belts before driving
- Refusing to drive if a passenger refuses to wear a seat belt
- Checking your baby seat’s conditions
- Making sure your child hasn’t outgrown their safety or booster seat
Whether you’re driving or a passenger, correctly wearing a seat belt dramatically lowers your chance of suffering a life-threatening personal injury. Please make sure that everyone in your household understands how important wearing a seat belt is for their well being. That’s what National Seat Belt Day is all about.
Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys
Unfortunately, some people suffer injuries through no fault of their own, even after following the best safety practices. If you or a loved one have gotten into an accident, please contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys immediately. Our team of compassionate legal professionals will listen to every detail of your case and our experienced attorneys will do everything possible to win you maximum compensation. Our team knows how to deal with devious insurance companies and has a long track record of successful case results.
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