Seatbelt Safety Reminder for Icy Winter Months

Seatbelt Safety

Everybody loves a reliable vehicle. They get us to all of the important places we need to go. But, they can also be deadly. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-54. The good news is using a seat belt can dramatically increase the odds of surviving an accident and coming out with minor or no injuries. Aside from being known as the go-to place for auto repair in Omaha, we want our customers to know we’re looking out for them. Let’s take a look at why wearing a seatbelt is so important.

The Statistics

22,441 people died in 2015 as a result of motor vehicle accidents. More than half who died were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Over 2.5 million drivers and passengers received treatment in emergency rooms after being involved in traffic accidents in 2015. Non-fatal accident injuries resulted in more than $48 billion in lifetime and work loss costs in 2010.

Benefits of Wearing a Seatbelt During an Accident

A vehicle accident is usually quite violent. Think of it. It typically involves thousands of pounds of steel smashing into thousands of pounds of steel at a high velocity.  The result is whatever is inside of those steel boxes is going to get thrown around. This is when the benefits of wearing a seat belt come into play. Seat belts keep passengers from:

  • Hitting the windshield
  • Being thrown from the vehicle
  • Banging around the vehicle and hitting hard objects like the steering wheel
  • Causing injury to pregnant women

We all know the roads get icy in Nebraska during the winter months. We’re actually famous for our black ice.  With these conditions its inevitable that traffic accidents are going to happen. Aside from saving your life and keeping you from injury wearing a seat belt is the law.  Don’t get a ticket for not wearing one – that’s not fun. If you do find yourself in an accident this winter and need some repair work give us a call. Car repairs in Omaha do increase during the winter, so make sure you’re taking your vehicle to a trusted auto mechanic. We’ve been servicing cars since 1956 in Omaha. We’ll get you back out on the road in no time.

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