Do you consider yourself to be a responsible driver? If so, then you probably follow the speed limit, avoid distractions and maintain a safe following distance. Unfortunately, no matter how cautious you are behind the wheel, nobody can control the actions of other motorists.
This is why car manufacturers invest billions of dollars in improving their safety technology. Lane departure warnings, crash avoidance, backup cameras - these and other innovations are saving lives.
Despite these advancements, though, the seat belt is still the most effective safety device in your vehicle. According to the American Automobile Association, seat belts have saved nearly 300,000 lives since 1975.
Sadly, a seat belt will not help you avoid all injuries. If you were injured due to a distracted, drunk or negligent driver in Georgia, turn to The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an accident attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your crash to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the at-fault driver.
You should not have to pay for medical bills, time off work and other losses that another person caused. Robert Finnell will gather evidence, interview witnesses and help you recover the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Why Are Seat Belts So Effective?
Whether you're a driver or a passenger, buckling up will significantly reduce your risk of getting injured or dying in an accident. Here are five reasons why:
1. It Will Keep You Inside the Vehicle: In the event of a crash, your chances of being killed skyrocket if you are thrown from your car. A seat belt will hold you securely in place.
2. It Will Protect the Weakest Parts of Your Body: By restraining your shoulder and hips, a seat belt uses the strongest parts of your body to keep you still. This prevents serious injuries to your head and chest.
3. It Will Prevent You from Hitting the Dashboard or Steering Wheel: An impact with the dashboard or steering wheel can cause severe head trauma. Your seat belt will prevent these injuries.
4. It Will Help the Speed of Your Body Match the Vehicle's Speed: The sudden deceleration caused by a crash can send you flying - but a seat belt, if properly fastened, will hold your body in place.
5. It Will Protect Your Spine: A car crash can cause your body to jolt in an unnatural and rapid back-and-forth motion that could put your spine and neck at risk. Your seat belt is designed to prevent this dangerous movement.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, turn to a Georgia car accident attorney from The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is a personal-injury lawyer with more than 37 years of legal experience. He has the knowledge and resources to help you recover the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free initial consultation.