Have You Heard these Seatbelt Myths?
Seatbelts are one of the most basic safety components in automobiles, responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. However, there are people who are convinced that they either don’t need a seatbelt or are better off without it. Consider some of these myths and the truths behind them:
- MYTH: I’m a safe driver, so I don’t need to wear a seatbelt.
- FACT: No matter how conscientious you are about driving, there are so many factors beyond your control on the road. Other drivers, weather conditions, or dangerous road conditions could cause an accident that affects you.
- MYTH: I’m worried a seatbelt might cause some internal injury to me. I’ve heard they can break bones.
- FACT: Seatbelts almost never cause any injuries, but when they do the injury is usually mild bruising. Even if someone does receive an injury from a seatbelt, it is almost always less severe than the injury the person could have received if he or she had not been wearing a seatbelt.
- MYTH: Seatbelts can lock up and trap you in your seat in the event of an accident.
- FACT: No matter what happens with your belt, you are most likely to survive an accident if you are conscious and functioning after the accident, and a seatbelt is one of the most important things that you can count on to make that happen. If you are really worried about this very rare situation, you can carry a utility knife or similar instrument that will let you cut through your belt after an accident.
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Seatbelts are an important life-saving tool. If you were in a car accident and your seatbelt failed, or if you were injured by another driver’s irresponsible driving despite wearing a belt, you should not have to bear the consequences alone. The Appleton auto defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are ready to help. Call us today at 800-242-2874.