Seat Belt Safety Stats to Note

someone buckling a seat belt

Seat Belt Safety Stats to Note

Shocking stats about seat belt safety use.

Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s common knowledge that seat belts save lives, yet there are still drivers and passengers who are not buckling up. While seat belt use averages 88 percent nationally, there are still groups that are less likely to wear seat belts: teens, commercial drivers, males, and people who have been drinking. Take a look at these seat belt stats that can help you ensure you get into the habit of fastening your seat belt on every journey.

  • Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50%
  • Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008
  • 42% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were unbelted
  • People are less likely to wear seatbelts when they are alone in their car or driving at night
  • People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries
  • More than 2.6 million drivers and passengers were treated in the emergency department as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2016
  • More than half of teens (13 to 19 years) and adults (20 to 44 years) who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Heard enough? Be sure to use your seat belt! At Dougherty Insurance, we help motorists stay safe on the roads with reliable car coverage. Contact us today for unparalleled auto insurance in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

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