According to the CDC, Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the first 30 years of American's lives. The most effective way to prevent death, and our best defense in a car crash is to wear our seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives. Though many Americans understand why wearing a seat belt is critical (in fact, seat belt use is actually on the rise), and it is against the law to not wear your seat belt, nearly 27.5 million people still don't wear them. Here are the top 5 things (according to the NHTSA) that you should know about wearing a seat belt:
Now that warmer weather has arrived in the Northeast, people are taking advantage of the ability to move activities outdoors. Young and older people are using their bicycles for commuting to work or school, or just going out for a few hours of touring to enjoy the sights.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), fatigued driving claimed 846 lives in 2014. The NHTSA estimates falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each year. About half of all traffic fatalities occur at night. When you consider the miles driven at night, that rate is closer to four times as high as for daytime driving.