Motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate side effect of the nation’s dependence of cars and trucks for transportation. While the occurrence of these incidents can be reduced through a variety of safety measures on the part of carmakers and drivers, they still do occur and the outcomes can be devastating. In addition to property damage, people involved can be hurt as well.
Perhaps the best thing that anyone getting into a vehicle—whether as a driver or passenger—can do, is to buckle up.
While this is state law in Alabama, people nonetheless fail to do this for a variety of reasons. Some don’t believe seat belts are necessary. Others claim they are uncomfortable. The simple reason why someone should wear a seat belt is that it could save their life. Statistics support this.
In 2014, a total of 130,940 accidents were reported in the state of Alabama and approximately 4,000 people involved did not have seat belts on. Of the 723 deaths that occurred as a result of the crashes, 310 of those who died were not wearing seat belts.
Thus far in 2015, 29 of the 44 traffic deaths that have occurred involved individuals who were not wearing seat belts.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a car accident, those injured or family members of those who died, could pursue legal action against those responsible for the incident occurring. In these instances it must be shown that the individuals or entities that caused the crash were negligent in some way. In successful cases damages will be awarded.