According to Virginia law, everyone in the front seat of vehicles is required to wear seatbelts. Furthermore, drivers and passengers under 18 years of age need to be properly secured in a safety belt no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle.
Unfortunately, many people still continue to not wear their seatbelts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that seat belts lower the risk of injuries and fatalities by about half.
The following are important reasons why you should always wear a seatbelt in a vehicle:
- Holds you in position. If your car starts to spin or skid out of control, a seat belt will secure you in the ideal position to take the proper course of action. Drivers not wearing seatbelts will most likely lose control of their vehicles in this type of situation.
- Prevents ejection. Your seat belt will keep you inside your vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, you are more likely to die in a car accident if you are ejected from your car.
- Distributes force of impact. Upon collision, your seat belt will help distribute the impact of the crash force over your lap and shoulder, instead of your head, chest, or abdomen. It can also protect your brain and spine for severe injury.
- Helps your body match the speed of your car. If you are not wearing your seatbelt, your body will continue to move at the same speed of your vehicle after the crash.