In 1968, Federal law required all manufactures to install seat belts in passenger vehicles and light trucks. Over the past four decades, seat belt designs, including multi-point seat belts, have been enhanced to be more effective. In addition, the federal government and law enforcement agencies have held countless awareness campaigns. These campaigns have proven to be effective as more and more people are wearing safety belts. In 2010, 91 percent of Alabama vehicle occupants were wearing restraints while riding in a car.
Studies have shown that seat belts reduce the chances of vehicle occupants sustaining serious and fatal injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 12,546 lives were saved in 2010 because of seat belts. While seat belt use is on the rise, there are still far too many people that are involved in vehicles crashes that are not restrained.
At Citrin Law Firm, we’ve seen first-hand the bodily harm caused by auto accidents. That’s why we urge everyone to wear a seat belt every time you ride in a motor vehicle.
If you or a family member was involved in a car collision at no fault of your own, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Mobile car accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
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Types of Seat Belts
The most common type of seat belt is the three-point seat belt, also referred to as a three-point harness. A three-point harness is shaped like a Y; the straps protect the upper and lower body and buckle below the hip. Volvo claims that the three-point seat belt has saved a million lives .
While the three-point harness is standard in most automobiles, there are other types of seat belt harnesses.
After the three-point seat belt, the five-point harness is probably the second most common restraint. With a five-point harness, the lap portion is connected to a belt between the legs and there two shoulder belts, totaling up to five points that are attached to the seat. Typically, these seat belt harnesses are used in child seats and racing cars.
The four-point harness is similar to the five-point, except there is no strap between the legs. Several automakers have toyed with idea of four-point seat belts, but they are not widely used in passenger vehicles.
Like the five-point harness, six-point harnesses are used in racing cars. Six-point harnesses have two belts between the legs. These seat belts became more popular after the death of race car legend Dale Earnhardt, who was wearing a five-point harness during his tragic death.
Alabama Car Accident Lawyer
At Citrin Law Firm, we understand that some car accidents are unavoidable; that’s why we are an advocate for seat belt use. Regardless of whether you are sitting in the front seat or back, you should always buckle up.
If you’ve been injured in a car wreck due to the negligent actions of another, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact one of our auto accident attorneys to discuss your legal rights.
Our legal team has helped numerous clients receive maximum compensation for their claims. Injury victims can receive assistance with their legal claim at our office location in Mobile, AL.
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