University Of Alabama Study Shows Buckling Up Saves Lives In Auto Crashes

| May 21, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Adam JonesUniversity of Alabama

A data analysis study conducted by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety using recently released 2018 Alabama crash data showed crash victims who die are often reported as not wearing a seat belt.

Of the 743 people killed in vehicles that were equipped with restraints in 2018 in Alabama, 366, about half, were not wearing their seat belts.

“Seat belts are the most effective way of keeping yourself alive in a crash,” said Dr. David Brown, research associate at UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety.The study showed that the probability of dying in a crash is about 50 times higher when unrestrained. In general, fewer than 1 in 1,000 occupants involved in motor vehicle crashes are killed when restrained. This probability increases to one in 24 when not restrained.

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