Seatbelts: Like Pacemakers—Most Effective When Used

August 18, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

After a week in the hospital, a Chester county man passed away as the result of an auto accident in North Carolina nearly a week prior. Officers say he did not wear a seatbelt. This is something that is so simple to do and so often we neglect to reach up, pull down and fasten it.

Auto accidents in North Carolina like anywhere are a risk. It is the risk of driving. Risk are measured in two ways—frequency and severity. The frequency of an auto accident cannot be controlled by wearing a seatbelt; however, the handy little device can be a life saver when it comes to the severity of a car accident.

Until recently, the only way to reduce the frequency was to drive less. There are cars that stop themselves. Additional training is required for drivers, harsher penalties for those who abandon responsibility to others while driving, and a more savvy approach to road design. All of these however, do not directly correlate to the severity. It’s so easy to do. Wearing the seatbelt can reduce the severity and in some situations that’s all that matters. Sure—fender benders happen. It’d be ideal to know prior to an accident that you’ll be in an auto accident. You can avoid driving that day and essentially eliminate the frequency down to zero and ultimately eliminate the concern over severity.

In the real world, that doesn’t happen—but accidents do. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Charlotte call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo today at 877-333-1000. If you prefer to learn more about the firm prior to speaking with someone, check out our website at