You may have heard seat belts save lives. This is no rumor. In fact, it is the truth, which is why wearing seat belts is the law. However, many people still choose not to wear them.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 87.2 percent of Florida drivers in 2013 were observed wearing their seat belts. This means that 12.8 percent of drivers fail to buckle up when they get behind the wheel.

Why Should You Buckle Up?

Besides it being the law, wearing seat belts in Florida and nationwide can help prevent a driver or passenger from suffering a serious injury in a car crash. The most important reason to wear a seat belt is so that you will not be ejected in an auto accident. During an impact, people are still traveling at the same speed the vehicle was going before the collision. If people aren’t wearing their seat belts, they will continue to travel at that same speed. By wearing a seat belt, your body can come to a stop—minimizing your risk of suffering a serious injury or death.

While seat belts do help protect people involved in car accidents, they also can cause injuries. Because of their design, they are quick to lock up to prevent a driver or passenger from being thrown forward during impact. While this is good news to help keep people in their cars, seat belts are designed to absorb the impact of a crash in one’s shoulders, chest, and hips.

Because the seat belt sits snuggly on one’s collarbone, it can mean that drivers and passengers may suffer clavicle fractures in a crash. If you suffered a broken collarbone in a South Florida car crash, you need to know how to make a full financial recovery.

To learn about your rights to financial compensation and what your personal injury claim may be worth, contact a skilled Broward County accident attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld today for a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].