The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual seat belt safety campaign for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thanksgiving isn’t just one of the most traveled weekends of the year, it’s also one of the deadliest weekends of the year. The “Buckling Up Could Save Your Giblets” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of buckling up. This time of year is notorious for injury causing and fatal crashes, and nothing is more tragic than an injury or death that could have been prevented, especially during the holiday season. This year, the NHTSA is encouraging Americans to buckle up for every trip, every time.
Buckling Up Could Save Your Giblets
Buckling up your seat belt is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. Don’t assume that because you have air bags you don’t need your seat belt. Seat belts and air bags work together to improve passenger occupant safety. Even if you’re not traveling across country this year, it’s essential to buckle up. Whether you’re driving across town or across Texas, buckle up for every trip. It could save your giblets. Parents and caregivers are also encouraging to ensure children are properly restrained with age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats.
Thanksgiving Weekend Crash Statistics
- During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2013, 301 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S.
- 58 percent of those people killed were not using their seat belts at the time of the crash.
- Over the 2013 Thanksgiving weekend, 64 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were unbuckled.
- Over the last decade, more than 100,000 lives have been saved by seat belts in the U.S.
After a Car Accident in Texoma
After a car accident in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any other Texoma community, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can be your advocate during a difficult time. Sadly, the holidays are traditionally known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes across the country. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident this holiday season, contact a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody in Texoma a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.