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How many of those who pass away in crashes are unrestrained?

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There are a variety of things to consider when it comes to fatal auto accidents, such as the factors that led to the crash and taking legal action against a reckless driver. In some instances, people lose their lives in an accident because they were not wearing a seat belt, which can be especially tragic for the loved ones who they leave behind. If you regularly ride in any kind of vehicle, it is essential to recognize just how many people pass away due to being unrestrained and make sure you protect yourself on the road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts are able to lower the likelihood of a serious injury by 50 percent and the likelihood of dying by 45 percent for drivers and those who are in the front seat of a vehicle when a traffic crash takes place. During 2009, most of the passengers and drivers who lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions were not restrained when the wreck happened. In fact, 53 percent of those who passed away in these collisions during this year were not wearing a seat belt.

Seat belts can protect passengers and drivers in different ways, such as preventing them from hitting the windshield or being thrown out of the vehicle. If you drive or ride along in a car, it is important to understand how dangerous it is to not wear a seat belt and inform others in the vehicle if they are not wearing their seat belt.

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