The Importance of Seat Belts and How They Help

Reduce Risk of Injury by Wearing a Seatbelt

“Click it or Ticket” has been a well-known slogan throughout the country for years now. Wearing a seat belt has become commonplace and something that most people do habitually. The importance of using seat belts is supported by an abundance of research and auto manufacturer testing. In fact, 47% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2017 were unrestrained. This shows the effectiveness of seat belts preventing serious injuries and fatalities.

At Complete Care, we see hundreds of patients per week that come in after auto accidents. There is no doubt that seat belts can cause superficial injuries, but the benefit of them far outweighs the minor bruises or lacerations sustained on patient’s chest and hips. According to NHTSA, if you buckle up in the front seat of a car, fatal injury is reduced by 45% and moderate to critical injury by 50%. They help secure you inside the vehicle, preventing ejection and hitting other parts of the car’s interior during a car accident. Seat belts are also designed to work with air bags, preventing passengers from being thrown into a quickly opening air bag. Be sure to adjust seat belts so they are secured across the hips and rib cage away from the neck.

After an accident, it is extremely important to be evaluated immediately. While wearing a seat belt significantly reduces the risk of serious injury and death, other injuries can still occur. At Complete Care, we offer head to toe examinations to determine the severity of each injury through diagnostic testing. Our digital range of motion and functional muscle testing offers a unique way to see how the accident has affected each patient’s mobility and strength. After a thorough review of tests and imaging, our trained physicians can offer a comprehensive treatment plan to help reduce pain, gain muscle strength and improve range of motion.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call (844) 699-2273 today and speak with one of our New Patient Counselors who will help answer all initial questions and find the most convenient location for you. With 26 offices servicing 9 counties, we are wherever you need us.


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