Practicing Proper Seat Belt Use in West Virginia
Miley Legal Group
According a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, seat belt usage has saved the lives of more than 75,000 vehicle occupants from 2004 to 2008. Although seat belts save lives, they can also cause abdominal injuries in a car accident in Clarksburg when not used properly. If you are suffering from an injury caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a West Virginia injury claim.
To reap the full safety benefits of your seat belt, it is important to understand and practice proper seat belt use.
Wear Your Seat Belt!
The first and most important part of proper seat belt use is wearing your seat belt every time you are in your vehicle. Some people believe that they don’t need a seat belt if they are just taking a quick trip to the store; however, statistics show us that more than half of traffic accidents that result in injuries or a fatality occur within 25 miles of home.
Some people believe that if their vehicle has air bags, a seat belt is unnecessary. Nothing could be further from the truth! Although air bags can protect you from hitting your steering wheel or windshield, you may not be protected if you have a rollover accident.
You should never wear a shoulder harness behind your back or under your arm because this could result in serious injuries in the event of an accident. Always wear the harness across your chest and shoulder with little slack.
Your lap belt should always lie across your hips and fit snugly after it is fastened. Please note that if your vehicle has a shoulder harness that automatically fastens, you must still use your lap belt to avoid sliding out of the belt during a crash.
If you need to file a West Virginia injury claim, speak with an experienced injury lawyer today for assistance.