6 Common Myths About Seat Belts & Car Crashes

Hi this is Mark Thush, I’m an accident attorney practicing personal injury law here in Florida. In today’s video we’ll discuss 6 common Myths’ that wearing a seat belt saves lives.

Myth No. 1: If your car has airbags you don’t need a seat belt.

Answer: Air bags are designed to protect a buckled occupant. When unbuckled, airbags become less effective or worse, they can become deadly themselves.

Myth No. 2: Your seat belt can hurt you in a crash.

Answer: In a crash, everything in your car can cause you harm – your seatbelt is one of the few things that can actually save you.

Myth No. 3: Seat belts can trap you if you’re in a fire or underwater.

Answer: Accidents involving fire or water account for less than one-half of one-percent of all crashes. But more importantly, you can’t escape such dangers unless you’re conscious. Wearing a seat belt gives you a much greater chance of being conscious thus allowing you to free yourself.

Myth No. 4: Just being in a truck makes you safer than everyone else.
Answer: If you’re traveling in an SUV, Pickup or Van, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent.

Myth No. 5: If you’re not going far or traveling fast seatbelt’s aren’t necessary.

Answer: Routine trips can be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from your home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.

Myth No. 6: This one’s my favorites – It’s not essential for guys to wear seatbelts; since they’re much better drivers.

Answer: FALSE – Young men are most at risk. 66% of men ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes, were not wearing a seat belt – that’s the highest of any age group.

So what’s the answer? My car does not move until everyone puts on his or her seat belt. In my family, wearing a seat belt has become a tradition and we simply don’t leave the driveway unless everyone is buckled up. It takes like 2 seconds to buckle your seat belt and the life you save might be you’re own, a loved one or an innocent passenger in you car.

If you have a question about an auto accident that you or a family member was involved in – pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your legal questions. You can reach me at 407-862-2767 or by email that’s mark@thushlaw.com. I promise to give you a straight-forward honest and personal answer. That’s my guarantee.

I’m Mark Thush, thanks for watching, have a great day and I’ll see you soon!

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