While truck accidents seem to be all too frequent, especially in Illinois and throughout the Chicagoland area, and that we may not be able to prevent others from being negligent, there are things we can do to protect ourselves and less the danger that others’ negligence poses to our safety. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing out seat belts so that we can be secure and safe in our vehicles. In these situations, even when we can do nothing to stop other drivers from being reckless, a safety belt can offer us some protection and save our lives.
When drivers and passengers fail to wear seat belts, they are much more vulnerable to the dangers around them, especially the potential for injury and death in a motor vehicle accident. According an article by the Quad-City Times, one person died and another was injured in a single truck accident in Woodhull on Interstate 74. According to preliminary reports by the state police, the truck veered and left the right side of the road for reasons unknown. The truck traveled into the east ditch and rolled over. Both occupants were transported to the local hospital where the driver was later pronounced dead. Police have reported that the driver was not wearing a seat belt, which could have contributed to his death. The accident still remains under investigation.
The death from this accident is extremely unfortunate, especially because the preliminary reports indicate that it may have been prevented had the driver been wearing a seat belt. Our attorneys cannot stress enough that seat belts save lives. According to the National Safety Council, seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. In fact, wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of injuries from a crash by 50%. Furthermore, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proves that seat belts have saved lives in motor vehicle accidents. From 2004 to 2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives. There is strong evidence that lives can be saved from seat belt use. For instance, 42% of passenger vehicle occupants that were killed in 2007 were not wearing safety belts.
As of now, seat belt use has been on the rise, also according to the National Safety Council. While use has been increasing and currently averages 88% nationwide, if this percentage continues to increase and more people wear seat belts, more lives can be saved and more injuries prevented. However, seat belts are not just a safety device that are an option, but wearing a seat belt is the law. In 49 states, plus in Washington D.C., wearing seat belts is mandatory under the law.
Our attorneys encourage readers to always wear their safety belts, not just because it is the law, but because doing so will save lives. We remind parents of the importance of teaching children to adopt these practices at a young age too. However, even when we do the best to protect ourselves, injuries from motor vehicle accidents still happen due to negligent drivers. Wrongdoers can be held liable though in personal injury lawsuits but it is important for victims to take action early to protect their rights. Our attorneys would be happy to speak to you about your potential case in a free consultation, so call us today.