Studies Show Teens More Likely To Ignore Seat Belt Laws

posted: 11/21/2012

Does your teenager buckle up every time he or she drives/rides in a vehicle? Don't be so sure. Studies have shown that teen drivers are the least likely of all other driving demographics to wear a seatbelt despite having the highest accident rate out of any other driving demographic per 100,000 drivers. It is no wonder then that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in the United States.

The majority of these deaths involve unbuckled teens, drivers, and passengers. Over half of all motor vehicle fatalities are the result of not wearing a seatbelt. Use of a seat belt has proven time and again to be the single most effective means of reducing fatal and non-fatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents. When employed, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%.

That is why Florida, like most other states, has a mandatory seatbelt law for all drivers and passengers who occupy vehicles in Florida. Yet, despite these alarming statistics, teens continue to ignore the grim facts after they get a driver's license or driver's permit . According to a research poll taken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , teens cited seat belts as being "potentially harmful" as their main reason for not wearing them.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of someone else, we can help. Contact the Pensacola auto accident attorneys at Ward & Barnes today and we will evaluate your claim free of charge and advise you on your legal rights. Your damages may include permanent injury, loss of use of a part of your body, pain and suffering, loss of work wages, medical bills, and out-of pocket expenses. Every motor vehicle accident in Florida is different. Every set of damages, injuries, and losses is unique. Don't let the insurance company tell you what your claim is worth. Don't let them treat you like just another statistic. Call us today and we will fight to ensure that your rights are protected. Like all our injury cases, we never charge a fee up front and we only get paid if we make a recovery on your behalf.