Traffic Accidents in the Birmingham Metro and Throughout Alabama
There are thousands of traffic accidents each year across Alabama, many of them occurring on holiday weekends. After an accident, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what your legal options are regarding your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.
If you are involved in an accident, having your seat belt on could help you avoid sustaining serious injuries in the process. We’ve all heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket“. It is a national traffic safety campaign that encourages drivers and passengers to buckle up or “pay the price”. Each year around Memorial Day, law enforcement officers increase patrols and triple-check to make sure you’re wearing your seat belt. If you are caught not buckled up, be prepared to pay a fine.The annual crackdown has resulted in more than 3 million seat belt citations across the country over the past five years.
So even though people are aware of the consequences that can happen when you choose not to buckle up, the question is – Why would anyone still risk paying a hefty fine and jeopardize their own safety by NOT wearing a seat belt?
It is possible that people have heard myths about seat belt laws and believe they are true, so we will address a few common misconceptions on the matter and help you know the facts instead.
COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SEAT BELT LAWS IN ALABAMA
MYTH: “In Alabama, you only need a seat belt if you don’t have airbags.”
- FACT: Air bags are designed to protect a a driver in the event they are involved in a car accident. If you fail to wear a seat belt, the airbags become less effective or worse.
MYTH: “I heard seat belts can trap you if your car caught on fire or submerged underwater.”
- FACT: Auto accidents involving fire or water account for less that 1% of all car crashes. However, if you are involved in these types of accidents you can only escape this accident if you are conscious, and wearing a seat belt gives you a much greater chance of being able to escape.
MYTH: “Seat belts are only necessary if your are traveling long distance.”
- FACT: Ironically, most fatal car crashes occur within a 25 mile radius from your home and at speeds less than 40 mph.
MYTH: “If you are involved in a a car accident in Alabama, your seat belt can actually hurt you.”
- FACT: If you are involved in a car accident, anything in your car can cause your harm. Your seat belt is actually one of the few things that could save your life.
MYTH: “Pickup trucks are safer than any other vehicle.”
- FACT: Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury in an SUV or pick up truck by 60%.
MYTH: “Guys do not need to wear seat belts because they are better drivers.”
- FACT: According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, males are among the occupant group most likely to be involved in a fatal crash. In fact, 66% of men killed in fatal crashes between the ages 18-34 were not buckled.