According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among ages 1 – 54 in the United States. Seat belt use, the CDC reports, “is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.” Wearing a seat belt and, for children, proper use of age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats, reduces the risk of death and injury by half.
Understanding Alaska Law
Alaska Law § 28.05.095 requires all occupants of a car to use seat belts, or age and size appropriate safety restraints. Failure to use seat belts can be a basis for police to stop a car. People who don’t use seat belts face a fine.
Understanding Basic Physics and Car Crashes
Studies show the dangers of not using a seat belt. In an unrestrained crash, there are actually three sequential impacts, leading to injury or death. The first collision occurs when the occupied vehicle and an external object (another car, a tree, etc.) impact. The second collision involves an unbelted occupant crashing into the interior of the vehicle – This collision is totally preventable by the use of a seat belt. It is also responsible for most injuries sustained in car crashes. The third collision happens when the internal organs of an occupant’s body strike his/her skeletal structure or chest wall. It is important to understand that unbelted occupants become projectiles within the confines of their own car. They present a risk of injury to other passengers as well. Adults are more dangerous to small children this way.
Seat Belts are NOT Optional
In Alaska, seat belts are required by law, as they reduce both injury and death. People to allege that Seatbelt restraint is more dangerous – are kidding themselves in all but the rarest situations. There is simply no safe way to ride in a car without a seat belt.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Crash
If you have been injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Alaskan law holds people accountable when they cause car crashes. Consider finding an experienced personal injury attorney in Alaska to work for you. At Merdes Law Office, P.C., our expert attorneys have the skill and experience you need for a successful outcome. They also work for a contingent fee – no recovery – no fee. For further information or to schedule an appointment (free of charge) to discuss your case call 907.452.5400 or visit www.Merdes.com.
The Merdes Law Firm has been helping injured Alaskans for more than 25 years. It’s who we are; and while we hope you don’t need us … we’re here if you do.