The number of drivers being stopped for not wearing seatbelts is on the increase, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. There was a 17% increase in the number of penalty notices issued for not wearing a seatbelt in 2013 when compared to 2009 figures and the number of people pulled over amounted to 180,000. The charity Brake has warned that people who fail to wear their seatbelt are putting their own safety and life at risk and motorists who do not wear a belt are more likely to die in a road traffic accident. More than 80,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales have been stopped for failing to wear a seatbelt, with £8.2 million in fines issued so far this year. In addition, a survey of 2,016 adults has shown that six per cent of drivers do not wear their seatbelt while driving their vehicle and nine per cent do not wear one when in the front seat as a passenger.
Some 47% of motorists admitted that they were unaware that they could face a fine if they do not wear a seatbelt and 24% of people admitted to failing to wear a seatbelt while in the back seat. The survey also showed that 42% of people did not put on a seatbelt while taking a taxi ride and many older drivers expressed concern that they could be caught within the car if they wore their seatbelt. However, figures show that 19% of people killed in car accidents in 2013 were not wearing a seatbelt. It is estimated that 50% of them may have survived if they had worn their belt. Charity Brake has expressed concern over these findings but praises the work of police who issue fines for failing to wear a seatbelt.
The risks of not wearing a seatbelt
Not wearing seatbelts can be the difference between serious injury and minor injury in the event of an accident. If you are involved in an accident and someone else is not wearing a seatbelt, either within the other vehicle or in your own vehicle, you could be injured as a result. If you are involved in an accident that is someone else’s fault or are injured because of someone else’s negligence, the Accident Advice helpline may be able to assist.
Accident Advice Helpline work with a team of solicitors who can assist you in making a compensation claim if you are injured in a road traffic accident. Provided that you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence and the accident happened within the last three years, we could help you to win a cash payout. Just call our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case with an expert.