Most people have seen an television or billboard advertisement for South Carolina's Click It Or Ticket campaign aimed at encouraging the use of seat-belts in our state. The idea that seat-belts can help to save lives in car accidents is backed up by data that is difficult to refute. Either South Carolina drivers have become more responsible about wearing seat-belts on their own, or the threat of a ticket for not wearing a seat-belt appears to have lead to an increased number of South Carolina motorists wearing seat-belts.
A new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that seat-belt usage in the state of South Carolina rose from 86% in 2011 to 90.5% in 2012. The survey data revealed that 16 states had seat-belt usage rates of 90% or higher. The national average for seat-belt use in 2012 was at 86% up from 2011 at 84%.
A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol stated that this increase is the result of education and enforcement of seat-belt laws. The NHTSA claims that seat-belt usage reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and in trucks, SUVs and minivans seat-belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60%. Regardless of the reasons for the increase in seat-belt usage, traffic fatalities involving unrestrained passengers in South Carolina has apparently dropped from 64% in 2012 to 58.6% through the first half of 2013.
Unfortunately, just because a motorist is wearing their seat-belt does not mean that they will not be injured in a car or truck accident. The personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC may be able to help you recover from an at-fault party if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss whether you have a case, and remember that our personal injury consultations are free of charge.