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Unrestrained Drivers Result In Traffic Fatalities In Fulton County, Georgia

Man Fastening Seat Belt In CarThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than half of the individuals killed in automobile accidents were not restrained at the time of the accident and that wearing a safety belt is the most effective way to prevent death [1] and serious injury.  The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provides that in 2013 there were 85 traffic accident fatalities in Fulton County [2], Georgia.  Thirty-seven percent of those fatalities involved unrestrained drivers and passengers even though Georgia law [3] states that each occupant of the front seat of a passenger vehicle shall be restricted by a seat safety belt.

While these numbers may seem grim, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2014, 97.3% of the Georgia population [4] wore safety belts, a 1.8% increase from 2013.   Although the 2.7% of the population not wearing safety belts is a small minority, it is still important for 100% of the population to wear safety belts every time that they travel in a vehicle in order to avoid injury and even death.

Always Wear a Safety Belt

In an accident, a person who is not restrained by a safety belt will continue to travel forward at the speed that the vehicle was traveling until something causes them to stop such as the steering wheel, dashboard or window.  An individual who is not restrained could even be partially or fully ejected from the vehicle causing additional injuries or death.

Wearing a seat belt is not only the law in Georgia, but it can also reduce the chance of injury in an automobile accident.  If you do find that you are involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries, it is important to speak to an Atlanta automobile accident attorney in order to discuss your case and determine if anyone is liable for your damages.

References:

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbeltbrief/
[2] http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/fullpanel/uploads/files/fulton.pdf
[3] http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/seat-belt-laws/
[4] http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812149.pdf

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