One of the leading causes of deaths for people under the age of 35 is car accidents, many of who require the services of a car accident lawyer. More than 40,000 people die annually as a result of car accidents. About two-thirds of these people do not wear seat belts. More than half of these deaths could be prevented if the people involved wore seat belts.
Most at Risk Group
Males between the ages of 16 and 25 are the least likely to wear seat belts. Approximately 10 percent of high school students do not wear seat belts. These statistics are related to driving under the influence and drunk driving. More than 70 percent of teenagers killed in car accidents while drunk driving were not wearing seat belts. One of the reasons why teenagers are most at risk is because they often underestimate the dangers of reckless driving, driving under the influence or not wearing seat belts.
Cost to Society
Road accidents in which people did not wear their seat belts cost citizens more in taxes, insurance rates and healthcare. Generally, it costs more to care for an un-belted car accident victim than it costs to care for a belted car accident victim. In the end, most of these costs end up being paid for by citizens. On average, each American citizen pays $585 annually in taxes and other costs related to car accidents.