Seat Belts Are Required Because They Save Lives

by | February 10th, 2012

February 10, 2012

It is a well-known fact that seatbelts save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the devices have saved as many as 147,246 lives over a 26-year period. One life that may have been saved by the devices is that of a 53-year-old Glen Park, New York, man who was killed in a single-vehicle accident this past Monday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, homeowners along Route 53 in Jefferson County reported hearing a loud noise at around 12:45 AM Monday morning, but thought nothing of it after not seeing any sign of an accident. It wasn’t until nearly six hours later that the crash scene was discovered when a New York State Police (NYSP) Captain drove by. He noticed a car in a wooded area and upon further investigation, found the body of the driver several feet from the vehicle.

An investigation into the crash determined that the driver hit a tree. The man behind the wheel was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

New York State Law requires that:

  • A driver and each passenger in a vehicle must wear a seat belt, one person per belt.
  • All children under the age of eight-years-old must be retrained in a child safety or booster seat regardless of height or weight.

The New York Auto Accident Attorneys with William Mattar Injury Lawyers ask that all motorists require everyone in the vehicle to buckle up before driving.