Wearing your seatbelt is an imperative part of road safety and cannot be understated. Car manufacturers have been obligated to include seatbelts since 1965, however the law which required drivers to wear them didn’t come into effect until 1983, some 18 years later. It is estimated by the Road Safety Authority that seatbelts have saved over 50,000 lives on Britain’s roads and it estimates that 90 per cent of drivers and passengers wear a seatbelt, with young men from 17-34 the most likely demographic not to wear a seatbelt. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline looks at one of the most common excuses to avoid wearing a seatbelt, “I’m only going down the road!”
Road traffic accidents; where are they most likely to happen?
Statistically speaking, a car accident is most likely to occur within a 25 mile radius of your home address. The maths behind this is simple, you spend most of your time driving close to your home and the increase of incidents of road traffic collisions rises accordingly. Straight away this diminishes the excuse that only going down the road will not require you to wear a seatbelt.
Don’t remember the journey home?
Ever driven a short distance, for example to and from the supermarket, or your work if you work close to your home, and once you’ve arrived at your destination, you completely forget the drive there? This is a phenomenon known as priming, when the brain delegates certain tasks to the subconscious. You’re doing it right now, breathing and swallowing etc. which you’ve now suddenly become aware of. The same phenomenon happens to you when driving along a known distance of road, making you prone to distraction and a loss of concentration. This can be a deadly phenomenon on the road, as losing your concentration for a split second can cause a fatal car crash.
Making a claim for compensation in the event of a road traffic crash
Always be safe and buckle up. However, if you’ve been injured as the result of a road traffic accident, perhaps where a passenger wasn’t wearing their seatbelt and this happened within the last three years and you weren’t to blame, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We are a registered law firm with over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including motoring accidents.
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown