You can’t control what other people do behind the wheel. But as a driver or passenger, you can take measures to protect yourself in case of a motor vehicle accident.
Buckling up is arguably the single most effective thing you can do to defend against careless and negligent motorists. Below, our Omaha attorneys debunk three common seat belt myths that could be standing between you and a safer drive.
Myth #1: You Don’t Need a Seat Belt if Your Car Has Airbags
The safety features in your car, SUV, pickup, or van are designed to work together. That means airbags alone are not enough to protect you in a serious collision. They work in combination with seat belts, but they don’t replace them.
You may be surprised to learn that the force of an airbag can do more harm than good if you’re not buckled up. You need to be wearing your seatbelt for an airbag to do its job properly.
Myth #2: Seat Belts are Unnecessary for Short or Slow Drives
Trips that seem routine are often the most dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home. And slow drives aren’t any safer. Fatal crashes are also most common at speeds of less than 40 mph.
Always wear your seatbelt no matter how far or slow you are driving. Again, you never know when you’ll encounter a negligent, distracted, or aggressive driver on the road.
Myth #3: Men Don’t Need to Wear Seatbelts
Statistics show that women are more likely to wear their seat belts than men. That may be because some men mistakenly believe they are not at risk of being involved in a serious accident.
The truth is that young men are the most at risk. 60% of male passenger vehicle occupants ages 18-34 who were killed in fatal crashes in 2017 were not buckled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Nebraska law requires adults sitting in the front to wear a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt protects you in a crash, and it also helps protect your right to compensation. In some circumstances, you may have a harder time getting the money you deserve for your injuries if you failed to buckle up.
Let our attorneys explain how seat belt use might affect your accident claim. Call 402-371-4300 for a case evaluation. Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht P.C, L.L.O. serves clients in Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and other nearby areas of Nebraska.