Safety Belts

Tips for Avoiding Injury in a Crash

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for people of every age from two through 33 years old. Increasing safety belt and child safety seat use has tremendous potential for saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing the economic costs associated with crashes.

According to the reports, Lives Saved in 2016 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws, the use of seat belts in 2016 saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants age 5 and older. The report also estimates that 328 toddlers were saved (aged 4 and under) because of child restraints. 

Six out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes are not wearing their safety belts. Safety belts are considered one of the most important safety devices in your vehicle, and using them correctly and on every trip is the most effective way to reduce injuries and DEATH in a crash.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates automobile occupants are 45 percent more likely to survive a crash if they are wearing their lap and shoulder belts correctly; pickup truck and light truck passengers are 60 percent more likely to survive a crash when buckled up correctly.

Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats in passenger cars has found them to reduce death by 71 percent for infants (under 1 year old), by 54 percent for toddlers (1-3 years old) and 45 percent for children ages 4-8. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58 percent and 59 percent respectively.