What Are the Consequences of Not Wearing Seat Belts?

December 24, 2018 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

Nearly 27.1 million vehicle drivers and passengers did not buckle up in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An estimated 14,667 lives were saved when drivers and passengers did buckle up.

What are the consequences of not wearing seat belts? Spivey Law“There is no doubt that seat belts save lives. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. would like to share with you NHTSA’s comments on the consequences associated with not wearing seat belts and the right way to wear them.”


The consequences of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt are clear. NHTSA says

  • Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly. 
  • Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an air bag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
  • Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.

The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:

  • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and reduce moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and reduce moderate to critical injury by 65 percent.

What’s the right way to wear my seat belt?

The shoulder belt should be away from your neck (but not off your shoulder) and across your chest (between your breasts), making sure to remove any slack from your seat belt, with the lap belt secured below your belly so that it fits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.

NEVER place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

NEVER place the lap belt over or on top of your belly.

Should I adjust my seat?

YES - Adjust to a comfortable, upright position.

Keep as much distance as possible between your belly and the steering wheel.

Comfortably reach the steering wheel and pedals.

To minimize the gap between your shoulder and the seat belt, avoid reclining your seat more than necessary.

Avoid letting your belly touch the steering wheel.

What if my car or truck has air bags?

You still need to wear your seat belt properly.

Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.

Without a seat belt, you could crash into the vehicle interior, other passengers, or be ejected from the vehicle.

“If you or a loved one should be injured as the result of another driver’s negligent driving habits, please contact our experienced team. We are available 24/7,” said Fort Myers Automobile Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.


Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com.  Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.


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