Have you ever wondered how many people die every year as a result of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt? Did you know that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%? According to NHTSA research, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in accidents in the United States in 2016.
Although wearing seat belts is required by US law and would come with fines if you are caught not wearing one, NHTSA evidence shows that wearing seat belts save lives. Using seat belts in passenger vehicles saved around 14,668 lives in 2016. Of the 37,461 people killed in a car crashes in 2016, 48% were unbuckled.
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