No matter the age of the person, buckling up when driving should always be one of the first things a person does before hitting the road. Seatbelts help to protect drivers and passengers in the event of an accident and should always be used accordingly. Unfortunately, however, a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) study has shown many teen drivers in the Lone Star State that died as the result of a fatal car accident were not wearing their seatbelts.
While receiving a driver’s license is typically a right of passage for many teens and young adults, a lot of younger adults are not wearing their seatbelts. In 2018, TxDOT found approximately 264 teens died in fatal car crashes, 111 of which were unrestrained at the time of the accident.
As a result of these findings, the organization created a “Teen Click It Or Ticket” campaign. The campaign will reach out to teens in Texas through radio, television, digital advertising, and social media to encourage safe driving behaviors. The campaign will also feature interactive events at six different Texas high schools. These events include a virtual reality game and an augmented reality experience to share the campaign’s safety message in a more engaging manner. Students will also have the opportunity to see a mangled truck from a rollover crash where two teens were able to walk away with only minor abrasions due to wearing their seatbelts.
The Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt
Seatbelts were first required in motor vehicles under Title 49 of the United States Motor Vehicle Safety Standard in 1968. This law required that all vehicles, except for buses, be equipped with seatbelts in each designated seating position. Texas law requires that all drivers and passengers, regardless of age, wear a seatbelt or face fines of up to $200.
Seatbelts are designed to prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from a vehicle in the event of an accident. Unbuckled passengers can very easily be ejected through the front, rear, or side windows. Ejection from a vehicle of any type is almost always deadly.
Passengers in the back seat of a vehicle who utilize both lap and safety belts are 44% more likely to survive a crash than those who do not. This percentage increases to 73% for rear seat passengers in vans or sport utility vehicles. Wearing a seatbelt can also prevent passenger ejection during a severe accident involving a rollover. The chances of surviving a rollover accident increase to 45% when vehicle occupants properly wear safety restraint devices. In pickup trucks, the percentage of survivors increases to 60%.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents can be disastrous for those who experience them. Not wearing a seatbelt only increases the likelihood of serious injury or even death following an accident. Unfortunately, roadway accidents can and do happen; and, when negligent drivers cause a crash it can leave victims wondering where to turn. At Liggett Law Group, our experienced Lubbock car accident attorneys work to give you peace of mind during an incredibly mentally taxing time. We have over 25 years of experience under our belt and will help you and your loved ones hold the negligent parties accountable for the damage they caused. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident and needs the assistance of an attorney, contact Liggett Law Group today for a free consultation.