Washington state has one of the highest seat belt compliance rates in the nation. Already, 97.6% of Washington motorists and their passengers are using seat belts. Seat belts go a long way in preventing serious injury and death in a motor vehicle accident.
Most new cars sold in the U.S. are equipped with enhanced seat belt reminders and these reminders have gone a long way in changing behaviors. Seat belt reminders in the form of chimes or bells are hard to ignore. In 2012, 91% of vehicle sold were equipped with driver reminder systems and 77% had front seat passenger reminder systems
In Europe, seat belt reminders are even more persistent and last longer than in the U.S. Some vehicles also provide visual clues in the form of flashing lights as well as persistent chimes that consistently go off the first three minutes of any car trip. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering adopting European-like rules for seat belt reminders to increase seat belt use here in the U.S.
What about rear seat reminders?
Every year approximately 1,000 children ages 12 and younger are killed in motor vehicle accidents and more than 100,000 are injured. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 3 and 14. By using appropriately fitted child safety seats, booster seats and utilizing seat belts, the risk of injury or death in an auto accident is greatly decreased.
Currently, only about 3% of new cars sold in the U.S. are equipped with rear seat belt reminders. When polled, 75% of drivers said they would be in favor of rules requiring the seat belt reminders in the rear seat as well.
In a survey of drivers who drive children young children — between eight and fifteen years of age — 82% said they would like their vehicle to be equipped with a rear seat belt reminder. Sometimes children don’t buckle up or they unfasten their buckle and a warning system would alert parents so they can enforce buckling up.
Bellevue car accident attorney represents car accident victims
The Farber Law Group, an injury law practice located in downtown Bellevue, Washington, represents car accident victims and their families. If you or a family member was seriously injured in a car accident that was not your fault, we are here to help you.
How a car accident attorney can help you
Because most car accidents claims involve insurance companies, the victim is already up against an organization that is trying to limit their liability and maximize profits. The insurance company always tries to settle claims that will maximize their profits and they have on the payroll doctors and lawyers who will help them build their case.
When you hire an injury attorney, you have someone who will fight for what you deserve. Most car accident attorneys represent clients on a contingent-fee basis. That means the attorney does not get paid unless they obtain a settlement for you.
A car accident attorney will work hard to obtain the full compensation you deserve including medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of earnings and loss of consortium as well as other economic damages.
If you need an advocate, The Farber Law Group is here to help. Call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-244-9087 or use our contact form to schedule a time to speak with an attorney.