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Safety Belt Report Seat belts and child safety seats help prevent injury five different ways By Preventing ejection shifting crash forces to the strongest parts of the bodys structure spreading forces over a wide area of the body allowing the body to slow down gradually and Protecting the head and spinal cord Safety belts are the most effective means of saving lives and reducing serious injuries in traffic crashes Theyre also the law In most states drivers and occupants of vehicles are subject to a fine for not wearing their seat belts Seat belts save an estimated 9500 lives in America each year Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to children in America And each year in the US approximately 1800 children ages 14 and under are killed as occupants in motor vehicles and more than 280000 are injured Safety belts airbags and proper child safety seats when used consistently and correctly can significantly reduce the rate of injury in a crash The number of lives saved could be substantially increased if more people used safety belts Death from Motor Vehicle Accidents represents only the tip of the iceberg Every 14 seconds someone is injured in an motor vehicle accident Consider for each death 19 persons are hospitalized and an additional 300 have injuries requiring medical care The costs of these treatments are enormous averaging 17 billion in medical and emergency expenses including productivity and property loss yearly American businesses incur enormous costs as a result of accidents On the job they cost employers nearly 22000 per crash and 110000 per injury as a result of medical costs lost productivity and higher insurance premiums Car wrecks for the year 1994 cost American businesses an estimated 55 billion What does the average American business do when its costs go up Thats right they pass those costs on to customers --you The problem plays out similarly with insurance companies Forced to pay the high costs
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