There are thousands of traffic accidents each year across Alabama, many of them occurring on holiday weekends like this one. After an accident, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what your legal options are regarding your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Click It or Ticket.” It’s a national effort to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle up.
During the 2012 campaign, which runs through June 3, officers will triple check to make sure you’re wearing your seatbelt. If you’re caught not buckled up, be prepared to pay a fine.
The annual crackdown has resulted in more than three million seatbelt citations over the past five years across the country.
COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SEATBELTS IN ALABAMA
Myth: In Alabama, you only need a seatbelt if you don’t have airbags.
Reality: 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 seatbelt, the airbags become less effective or worse
Myth: I heard seatbelts can trap you if your car caught on fire or submerged underwater.
Reality: Auto accident 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 seatbelt gives you a much greater chance of being able to escape.
Myth:. Seatbelts are only necessary if your are traveling long distance.
Reality: Ironically, most fatal car crashes occure within a 25 mile radius from your home and at speeds less than 40 mph.
Myth: If you are involved ina a car accident in Alabama, your seatbelt can actually hurt you.
Reality: If you are involved in a car accident, anything in your car can cause your harm with the seatbelt one of the few things that could save your life.
Myth: Pickup trucks are safer than anyother vehicle.
Reality: Seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury in an SUV or pick up truck by 60 percent.
Myth: Guys do not need to wear seatbelts because they are better drivers.
Reality: Young men are among the occupant group most likely to be involved in a fatal crash. In fact, 66% of men between the ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes were not buckled.