Washington State Tops National Seat Belt Use Rates
Seattle accident lawyer Chris Davis offers legal commentary on NHTSA´s report on seat belt use rates across the nation.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
A recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the nationwide seat belt use rate is 84 percent, down approximately one percent from the 2010 average of 85 percent. But the NHTSA report was especially pleasing to Washington State lawmakers and law enforcement officials, as the Evergreen State´s individual rate of use was the highest in the nation at approximately 97.5 percent.
Seattle personal injury attorney Chris Davis, who has represented countless motor vehicle accident victims in his home state of Washington, says the data directly reflects the relentless effort by state officials to make the roadways safer.
“As we all know, people who are involved in auto accidents are much more likely to survive and sustain less devastating injuries if they are wearing a seatbelt,” says Davis. “People who contact my office often declare how lucky they are that they were wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments in 2009 for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Moreover, the CDC site claims that “more than half of the people killed in car crashes were not restrained t the time of the crash.”
Injuries and fatalities that result from car accidents in the United States can not only be devastating, but also quite costly. The CDC estimates that injuries and fatalities cost nearly $70 billion annually in medical and lost work costs.
“Wearing a seat belt can have a full-circle effect on a motor vehicle accident case,” Davis added. “A person with less extensive injuries is going to have a much quicker recovery, less emotional stress and ultimately a more promising future.”
Throughout his career as a personal injury attorney, Mr. Davis has come across countless injury victims who were either misguided or uninformed about their legal rights. This prompted him to author the Washington Accident Books, a series of legal guides designed to inform victims of their legal rights, obligations and choices as they pursue a personal injury claim.
For a limited time, Davis will provide his book, “The Ten Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Washington Accident Case” for free to accident victims in Washington State. Anyone interested in obtaining their free copy of Mr. Davis´s book should visit the Washington Accident Books website or call the Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000.
About Chris Davis
Christopher M. Davis, founder of the Davis Law Group, has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and has successfully handled and resolved hundreds of accident claims. He has been a Washington Super Lawyer’ for seven years in a row for his expertise and success in litigating personal injury claims. You can learn more about the firm by visiting: http://www.DavisLawGroupSeattle.com.
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