One of the easiest and most effective ways people can protect themselves when traveling in motor vehicles is by wearing their seatbelts. Despite this fact, however:
- Many people still choose not to buckle up.
- Many misconceptions about seatbelts and their effectiveness have spread.
Here’s a look at some of the most important facts you should know about seatbelts.
Seatbelt Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
Myth 1: I don’t need to wear a seatbelt if my vehicle has airbags.
Fact: All drivers should wear seatbelts, regardless of whether their vehicles have airbags. This is because airbags don’t provide the same protections as seatbelts. In fact, if motorists don’t wear seatbelts and their airbags deploy, they could run the risk of suffering far greater injuries, especially if their vehicles rollover.
Myth 2: Wearing a seatbelt will trap me in the car if I’m in a collision.
Fact: It’s extremely rare for seatbelts to be the limiting factor in bringing accident victims to safety. In fact, when drivers do wear their seatbelts and they end up being in car accidents, the fact that they had buckled up can:
- Greatly reduce the chances they’ll suffer a head injury
- Mean that they are able to remain conscious after the accident and, consequently, get themselves out of their vehicles.
Myth 3: I’m not driving that far, so I don’t need to wear a seatbelt.
Fact: Given that most fatal car accidents occur within 25 miles of people’s homes (and at speeds of less than 40mph), this myth about seatbelts is clearly wrong. No matter how far you are going, wearing a seatbelt is critical if you are serious about protecting yourself during your travels – even if they are short.
Myth 4: A seatbelt will cause me injuries if an auto accident occurs.
Fact: Although a seatbelt may cause some minor injuries in the event of a car crash (like, for instance, bruising, minor cuts, etc.), these injuries are far less severe than they would have been had a seatbelt not been worn. This is because, without a seatbelt, occupants of vehicles can be thrown from vehicles, sustaining serious head injuries, etc. – and all of these are clearly much worse than the minor injuries that may be caused by seatbelts if an accident occurs.
Louisville Car Accident Attorney at Murphy & Associates
Have you been injured in a car accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident? If so, you can get experienced help pursuing compensation and justice by contacting a trusted Louisville car accident lawyers at Murphy & Associates, PLC. Our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured by negligence.
To get professional advice from one of our attorneys and find out more about how we can help you, call us at (502) 532-8395 or email us using the contact form on this page.
We welcome your call or email from anywhere in Kentucky, Indiana, or elsewhere throughout the Midwest or South. All case evaluations are free, and most representations are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we succeed in recovering money on your behalf.