How Seatbelts Keep You Safe
We’ve come a long way with vehicle safety. Up until the early 1950s, many cars didn’t come with a seatbelt at all. Even though Texas laws require car drivers to wear their seatbelts at all times, many people ignore this safety precaution, and that could mean a severe injury or even worse, death as a result of a car crash. Here’s why you should obey seatbelt laws.
The bottom line is seatbelts save lives. In the event of a car crash, a seatbelt is designed to keep passengers in a static motion, even when a sudden stop or change in momentum happens. A car moves with inertia (when something that is in motion keeps moving unless stopped or changed by an external force). With that said, when a car is in motion and crashes with another vehicle or object, people inside the vehicle can still be in motion, thus thrown about or out of the vehicle.
Many people who survive a car crash often sustain an injury. Whether the injury is minor or catastrophic, without a seatbelt, the injury could be far worse. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the severity or reduce the risk of these types of injuries:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones/fractures
Keeps Passengers from Projection
As mentioned before, wearing a seatbelt helps passengers stay in place when inertia is inevitable. When being thrown around inside of a vehicle or out of a vehicle with such a strong force, it’s nearly impossible to avoid a severe injury. All passengers should wear seatbelts, even if you are sitting in the back seat.
Airbags Can’t Work Alone
While airbags are another safety feature in vehicles, did you know that they can’t protect you alone? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
You’ll Avoid a Traffic Ticket
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TDT), if you don’t buckle up — you’ll have to pay up. If you get pulled over for not wearing your seatbelt, you could be fined $25 up to $250 plus court costs. So, keep your money in your pocket and stay safer on the road by wearing your safety belt while driving.
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