Missouri seat belt use went down in 2010 compared to 2009. Missouri vehicle drivers and passengers are already buckling up less than other states, 76% in 2010 compared to the 84% national average. This is based on a study conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation of observations of drivers conducted in both rural areas and metropolitan areas like St. Louis.
According to 2008 automobile crash statistics, 67% of persons who died in a Missouri car accident were not wearing a seat belt. Not wearing a seat belt greatly increases the risk that you can be ejected from your car during an accident, or that you will crash into the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard.
Drivers of SUVs and vans are the most conscientious users of seat belts, with 84% of them fastening their seat belts. Drivers of pick-up trucks have the worst record, with only 64% buckling up.
Clearly, not buckling up greatly increases your risk of suffering serious personal injuries or even death in the event you are involved in an automobile accident. Given that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for persons 2 to 33 years of age, it is wise to do all you can to protect yourself when you are in a car. If you have been involved in an automobile or trucking accident, the attorneys at Ponder Zimmermann can help.