Seat Belt injuries in a car accidents are common. These can be caused by a number of factors and none at all. Injuries might include damage to the shoulder, stomach, chest, ribs, neck, hips. Wearing a seatbelt can save your life and reduce injury, but wearing one improperly can cause more severe damage.
I’m sure many of us have heard a story that involved someone that was not wearing a seatbelt and walked away without a scratch from a major car accident. They are designed to lock when motion rapidly changes. Have you ever tried to pull one very rapidly, it doesn’t move, it locks. This is what the it does when you are involved in a car accident.
Reasons why people don’t wear seat belts
- Afraid they will be trapped in there car after an accident: It has been shown you are 25 times more likely to die if you are thrown out of your car during an accident. In the event of a fire or submergence, if you wear a seat belt its highly likely you will be conscious and can get out versus not wearing one and unconscious.
- I’m a good driver, I wont be involved in a car accident: Sometimes even the best drivers have car accidents, its the bad driver that causes the accident. Some people think they can avoid all car accidents, but that’s just not the case. Car accidents can happen in a split second, in most cases you can not react quick enough.
- Ill brace for impact: This is not probably a good idea, even if you had time to brace for impact, the impact itself would probably injure what ever body part you are bracing with.
- I’ve got an airbag, who needs a seat belt: Airbags were designed to work with them, not without. Airbags increase the effectiveness of a seat belt by 40%.
- They are uncomfortable: Modern car seat belts are not uncomfortable at all if worn properly.
Seat belts can cause injuries in a car accident
Old cars had just lap straps. Can you imagine what would happen to you in a head-on collision. Although your body would stay in the seat, your head would go forward and hit the steering wheel, depending on seat position. Modern seat belts have a lap and a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap keeps your head from being thrown forward into the steering wheel or dash board. Some people put the shoulder strap under there arm. If you had an accident with the seat belt on in this manner, you would probably break some ribs, sternum, or suffer some other type of serious injury. It might be wise to wear one the way they were intended. Injuries or far worse injuries can be avoided by wearing it properly.
Injuries that can be caused by seat belts
Ribs or chest injury:
Wearing or not wearing a seatbelt properly can injure your ribs, chest. Wearing it under your arm instead of over your shoulder can result in these types of injuries if you are involved in a car accident.
Head trauma, closed head injury:
Putting the shoulder strap behind your back or not having a shoulder strap at all can cause your head to strike the steering wheel or dashboard.
Heavy bruising to the stomach and chest:
In a car accident, your car momentum stops almost immediately in a car accident, but your body does not. Your body gets thrust into the strap. This can cause heavy bruising in some accidents. Bruising is probably the most common injury.
Because it comes right across your shoulder, this is a common injury during a car accident
Recent Studies show 84% of Americans now wear seat belts, while roughly half of the law enforcement community buckle up
You heard that right, roughly 50% of law enforcement wear seat belts. 19% of officers killed in accidents were ejected from their vehicles. There is a fifty percent chance the officer giving you a ticket for not wearing a seat belt is not wearing his.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that 139 officers died when ejected from their vehicles in crashes between 1980 and 2008 and that only 45 percent of the 733 officers who died in crashes during the period had their seat belts fastened.
Wearing your seat belt is not only the law, but can reduce your chance of injury in a car accident
You are less likely to be injured if you buckle up when you drive. Not only is it the law, it could save your life. In conjunction with airbags, seat belts are safe and effective. If you suffer an injury while wearing one, think about what your injury might have been not wearing one. Be safe and buckle up