In the News: Auto Accident

Idaho State Police were still investigating a single car accident when a three-car crash occurred at the intersection of Indiana and Orchard Avenues, in Caldwell, Idaho. Records show that a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee, with two children in the vehicle, failed to yield at the intersection. She struck a Chevy Venture that was traveling east on Orchard Avenue. A third vehicle traveling westbound on Orchard had stopped at the intersection, but was also impacted when the collision between the Cherokee and Chevy thrust into the waiting Honda.

The driver of the Cherokee was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries that required transport to a larger area hospital in Boise. All other drivers and occupants were wearing seat belts and only had minor or non-life-threatening injuries. View full news story.

seat beltsSafety First: Wearing Your Seat Belt in an Auto Accident

Did you know that auto accidents are the leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of 1-54? And more than half of those who died in car crashes were NOT wearing a seat belt. While there were more than 2.5 million drivers and passengers seen in emergency rooms because of motor vehicle crashes, according to 2015 statistics, some 35,000+ passengers died in auto accidents that year. Bottom line: seat belts save lives and prevent injuries from being worse then what they could have been.

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Read more on motor vehicle occupant death rate by state.

Buckle Up–It Can Save Your Life in an Auto Accident

Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important safety choices a person makes every day. They help prevent as much as 50% of motor vehicle crash deaths–that’s an estimated 13,941 more people that are alive today in what would have been otherwise fatal crashes!

Guidelines to buckle up safely

Here are some reminders of how a seat belt should be worn:

  • The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
  • Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
  • The lap belt rests across your hips–not your stomach.
  • NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.

Check that your seat belt fits:

  • Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.
  • Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.
  • If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders.
  • If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.

What’s the right way to wear a seat belt?

  • The shoulder belt away from your neck (but not off your shoulder) and across your chest, making sure to remove any slack from your seat belt with the lap belt secured below your belly so that it fits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.
  • NEVER place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.
  • NEVER place lap belt over or on top of your belly.

Should I adjust my seat?

  • YES—Adjust to a comfortable, upright position
  • Keep as much distance as possible between your belly and the steering wheel
  • Comfortably reach the steering wheel and pedals
  • To minimize the gap between your shoulder and the seat belt, avoid reclining your seat more than necessary.
  • Avoid letting your belly touch the steering wheel.

What if my car or truck has air bags?

  • You still need to wear your seat belt properly.
  • Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
  • Without a seat belt, you could crash into the vehicle interior, other passengers, or be ejected from the vehicle. Read more on seat belt safety.

Fielding Law Group’s Auto Accident Lawyers Are to Help

Seat belts don’t prevent accidents or crashes from happening, but they do save people from more catastrophic and sad results in the event of one. They can mean the difference between life and death any time we are in a motor vehicle.  So make buckling up a priority and make sure that everyone in your vehicle does likewise!

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact Fielding Law Group today for a free legal consultation. When other motorists act negligently or violate traffic laws, we can help you recover and receive the compensation you deserve. Remember–don’t let an accident wreck YOU!