With the busy Memorial Day weekend approaching, it is more important than ever to buckle up every time you get in the car. Even if it’s just for a short drive around the block, always make sure you fasten your seat belt, as well as the seat belt of any and all passengers. Car accidents can happen without warning and in the blink of an eye, so it’s important to make sure that you and your family are prepared.
Wearing a seat belt remains the most effective way to minimize your risk of serious or fatal injuries during a car crash. According to the CDC, using a seat belt reduces your risk of serious crash-related injuries or death by about 50%.
Starting Monday, 5/23 and continuing until Sunday, 6/5, police in Oklahoma and across the country will be stepping up enforcement of seat belt safety. This initiative is part of the annual Click It or Ticket Campaign, a national program aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur when vehicle occupants do not buckle up.
Unfortunately, many drivers still make the decision not to wear their seat belts. Lack of proper seat belt safety remains a very serious public safety issue in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO). In preparation for this campaign, the OHSO has released some troubling statistics about seat belt safety:
- In 2014, 472 people were fatally injured in car crashes in Oklahoma, and nearly half were not wearing their seat belts.
- 104 Oklahomans were fatally injured after being ejected from their vehicles in car crashes in 2014.
- Statistics show that vehicle occupants are less likely to buckle up at night compared to during daylight hours.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain at 918-359-6600. When you call, you will speak with an experienced Tulsa Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to secure the maximum recovery you deserve.
At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. We take all cases on a contingency basis, which means you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.
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