A reported 38,680 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2020 alone, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the deadliest year for American motorists since 2007. One of the main culprits behind the rise in fatal crashes: failure to wear a seat belt.
Highway motor vehicle fatalities involving motorists who weren't wearing seat belts rose 15 percent in 2020. This is particularly concerning considering that nearly half of all people killed in accidents were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. For teens age 13 to 19 and adults age 20 to 44, that number is more than 50 percent.
Some auto manufacturers are implementing safeguards in an attempt to encourage motorists to buckle up. General Motors, for example, will introduce a system that will require drivers to buckle their seat belts before shifting into gear.
Lack of seat belt use is part of an overall increase in unsafe behaviors on the road, including speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and texting while driving. Sadly, these are not only some of the most common causes of accidents, but also frequent factors in crashes with catastrophic and often fatal consequences.
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