Proper Seat Belt Use Could Save More than 200 Oklahomans’ Lives Annually
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has concluded that proper usage of seat belts could save hundreds of lives as well as save the state millions of dollars in medical care expenses, according to a Tulsa World article. Recent data compiled by the Health Department and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office showed that out of 383 motor vehicle related deaths, 235 could have been prevented with the use of proper safety equipment. The most recent data compiled in the report was from 2008, during which it was established that roughly $5 million could have been saved on medical expenses related to these car accidents.
Seat belt use in Oklahoma is fairly high, although it varies by county. Carter County has the least amount of seat belt users at 72.1 percent, and the highest rate is that of Comanche County at 94.1 percent. The 2010 Seat Belt Observation Study performed y the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office showed that overall, 85.9 percent of Oklahomans buckle up. Nationally, one in seven motorists doesn’t use seat belts when driving. Seat belt use is more likely on highways than on smaller, local roads.
Responsible driving practices save lives and can prevent serious injuries from car crashes in Oklahoma. Additionally, proper use of child safety seats and motorcycle helmets can prevent fatal injuries from occurring in accidents as well.
Ray Maples, knowledgeable Oklahoma City personal injury attorney and founder of The Maples Law Firm, has many years of experience handling personal injury cases ranging from car and truck crashes to on the job injuries and medical malpractice. If you have been involved in an accident and sustained serious injuries, contact Ray Maples at 1-888-226-6159 to learn more about your rights. Mr. Maples offers free consultations.
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