Seat belt Reminder Systems Help Prevent Accident Injuries


Approximately 50% of people who die in traffic accidents every year are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.  This is in spite of the fact that national seat belt usage rates are currently at a record 86%.  Car accident lawyers believe that more people could be encouraged to wear seat belts through the wide spread use of seat belt reminder systems in automobiles.

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that there is growing public support for the expanded use of seatbelt reminder alerts. In the 1970s, when these technologies were first introduced, there was a widespread backlash against the technology.  In 1973, the administration passed a mandate that required all new automobiles that did not come with airbags, to come with a built-in lock system that would not allow the car to start until the front seat occupants wore seatbelts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the reaction to the mandate requiring such systems was so negative, that it eliminated the requirement altogether.  In fact, the criticism was so great that Congress actually passed a law that banned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from requiring belt interlock systems.

Now however, the attitude is very different.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed as many as 1,200 drivers and passengers about seatbelt use.  Approximately 91% of the people in the survey said that they always wear seat belts while driving, while 8% said that they wore seat belts most of the time.  Approximately 1% said that they did not buckle up while driving.

Most importantly, more than 50% of the respondents in the survey said that they would be much more likely to wear a seat belt if the car came with an audible reminder system that included a buzzer, a chime or some other voice alert.  However, nearly 3 times as many respondents said that they would be much more likely to support a seat belt reminder system that continues indefinitely, or grows even more intense and loud till the front seat occupants buckle up.

Personal Injury Documentation

When you have been injured in a car crash, motorcycle accident, dog bite, slip and fall accident, or been the victim of a drunk driving accident, it is vital that you document your accident and injuries. It is important to report your accident and/or obtain a copy of the accident report from the owner of the premises. We need to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any and all witnesses. I cannot stress enough the importance of taking photographs, for example, of the defective sidewalk or step; the damage to your car before it is totaled or repaired; the dog that bit you, and of course, your injuries from the accident.

Another excellent type of documentation is to maintain a diary of the following: the hospital and medical treatment you underwent; the type of pain you experience on a daily basis, and what activities bring the pain on or exacerbate your suffering; your inability to perform activities of daily living due to your injuries (and identifying the people who must do these activities instead regarding household chores or maintenance); and how the accident has affected your enjoyment of life. This is instrumental when you must give testimony at a deposition or trial (often months or a couple of years after the events) as to treatment, pain and disability, and the toll the accident has taken on your life. These are the most important elements a jury will consider when deciding how much to award for your damages, so keeping a diary is a very smart way to improve your chances of a successful outcome at trial or a more substantial settlement before trial.