According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the vast majority of auto accident victims were not properly restrained with safety belts. In fact, MODOT reports that 67.7% of the individuals killed in auto accidents were not using a seat belt during the years of 2011-2013. Individuals that choose not to use a seat belt have a 1 in 29.6 chance of losing their life in an auto accident. Individuals that are buckled have a 1 in 1,402 chance of death. The drastic difference in survival should be taken seriously be all motorists. The statistics prove that seat belts save lives and MODOT has launched various campaigns to stress the importance of using seat belts or child restraints.
The use of safety devices is imperative to prevent a serious injury of fatality from occurring during a car accident. Unfortunately, individuals must protect themselves in every possible way due to the likelihood of being involved in an auto accident. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States and are often caused by a form of negligence. If you or a family member have been the victims of a car accident, seeking a legal consultation from an experienced auto accident attorney is important to discuss your rights at recovering compensation for your damages.
At the Missouri law firm of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth,LLC, our St. Louis personal injury attorneys will examine your accident and determine if you have grounds for a wrongful death, personal injury, or any other case. We have represented thousands of clients successfully and will work diligently to provide you with the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation.