Seat Belts

A seat belt, also known as a safety belt, is a vehicle safety device designed to secure the occupant of a vehicle against harmful movement that may result during a collision or a sudden stop. A seat belt functions to reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury in a traffic collision by reducing the force of secondary impacts with interior strike hazards, by keeping occupants positioned correctly for maximum effectiveness of the airbag (if equipped) and by preventing occupants being ejected from the vehicle in a crash or if the vehicle rolls over. When driving the driver and passengers are travelling at the same speed as the car.
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    • The Number of Car Accident Deaths Rose Again Last Year

      While the number of distracted driving accidents went down in 2016, the total number of fatal crashes went up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released USDOT accident data for 2016, showing a two-year spike in fatal traffic accidents that exceeds any swings the US has experienced in over 50 years.

      Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 16 readers -
  • Have We Seen An All-Time High For Seat Belt Use?

    … According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website, the use of seat belts is at its highest levels since the first studies in 1994. Seat belt use saves thousands of lives and prevents thousands more serious injuries every year. Why are so many people smartening up and how much difference does it make? How Did America Get Seat Belt…

    Gabriel Levin/ 13 readers -
  • Texas Ranks #1… When It Comes to Bad Drivers

    … The categories that were used to rank each individual state included the following: Rate of fatalities for every 100,000,000 miles driven. Failure to obey motor vehicle laws (traffic signals, failing to wear seat belts, etc.). Drunk driving (percentage of fatal crashes that resulted because of alcohol use). Speeding (percentage of fatalities…

    Rasansky Law Firm- 23 readers -
  • Dangers of Riding in Pickup Truck Beds

    … will seek compensation for you and your family. Why Truck Beds are so Unsafe Truck beds were never designed to carry passengers. These areas have no seat belts, and they usually do not have seats. Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims that truck beds are not designed to provide any sort of protection during an accident. When…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 22 readers -
  • Number of Fatal Car Accidents Up 10% Over Last Year

    …When compared to the first six months of last year, the number of fatal car accidents in 2016 has spiked by 10%. A recent report from NHTSA (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) revealed a marked increase in highway deaths during the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. According to the report, the increase…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 25 readers -
  • How Distracted Walking Leads to Accidents

    …, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, home health care, assisted living, medical equipment, and more. As you can imagine, pedestrian injuries can be very costly due to medical expenses, lost wages because of the inability to work, long-term disabilities, and more. Drivers can Suffer Injuries Because of Distracted Pedestrians, Too Pedestrians…

    Gabriel Levin/ 19 readers -
  • “It Only Takes One”: MO Car Accident Safety

    … It Only Takes One Click to Save a Life Hey, St. Louis, safety advocates want you to spread the word: “It’s important that teen drivers realize it only takes ONE text, ONE drink, ONE call, ONE reach, ONE distraction to cause ONE fatal moment, but that ONE clicked seat belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash…

    Bruning Legal- 36 readers -
  • Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Increased in 2015

    … compiled by NHTSA shows that more people die on the roads when they are distracted, driving drunk, drowsy, speeding, or do not wear their seat belts. According to the NHTSA administrator, there have been substantial improvements in many of those areas, but there is a need to find new solutions in order to put an end to traffic fatalities. Unbelievably…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 32 readers -
  • Will Texas Finally Ban Texting and Driving in 2017?

    … safety. According to one legislator, it appears that those who oppose such a law are more-concerned with personal freedom than public safety. While these arguments were also used to combat bills requiring air bags and seat belts many years ago, I think most of us can agree that protecting the “freedom” one gets from texting and driving is not worth…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 25 readers -
  • Child Safety Seats

    … seats on the market, many parents find this overwhelming. The following website, which provides the laws in Louisiana, also offers many online resources for support for parents: The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission believes child safety seats provide infants and young children the absolute best protection in the car. If your child fits within…

    Houma Personal Injury Attorney- 34 readers -
  • Texas Car Accident Statistics

    … in 2015) involved at least one driver who was under the influence of alcohol. 35.54% of all motor vehicle deaths in Texas were caused by single-vehicle run-off-the-road crashes, which resulted in 1,255 deaths last year alone. 128,057 car accidents occurred in rural areas, leading to 1,925 fatalities. 390,520 car accidents…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 25 readers -
  • Airbag Injuries Resulting From Automobile Accidents

    … filed for patents in 1951, Hetrick in the U.S. and Linderer in Germany. It took more than another decade before car manufacturers improved upon the initial prototypes, which needed to inflate incredibly quickly. The car makers also understood that secondary injuries from airbags were possible and worked to mitigate this harm. By the 1970s…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 25 readers -
  • Subaru Aims For Zero Car Accidents

    … Fewer Accidents Since the first Ford Model T, cars have improved leaps and bounds in terms of safety. Power-assisted steering, anti-lock brakes, seat belts, and air bags are just a few of the major safety features that have become standard in vehicles. Now with the general advancements made in technology, the safety features are becoming more…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 24 readers -
  • Off Road Vehicle Injuries

    … to look out for on the most popular recreational vehicles: Golf Carts – Golfers in the Midwest have several months a year to enjoy this activity. Many golfers use golf carts to traverse miles, but riding does have inherent risks. First of all, most golf carts are not equipped with seat belts. Carts can tip easily since the distribution of weight…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 13 readers -
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