Investigations into a car accident that left one man dead in Snohomish County are still ongoing. The crash happened on Friday night when the driver of a vehicle driving north on State Route 529 ran into a guardrail. The collision sent his car rolling and the man in the passenger seat was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dad at the scene. The condition of the driver was not reported, but he was taken to the hospital. After rolling repeatedly, the car landed on it’s four wheels. It advanced forward for about a third of a mile before it came to a stop.
In situations where people are thrown from vehicles, they are more often than not unrestrained. According to the National Organizations for Youth Safety, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to passengers in the front seat by 45%. Also, in 2008, seat belts saved over 13,000 people over the age of 4. 17,402 people involved in crashes that year could still be alive today had they worn their seat belts.
If those statistics aren’t enough to convince you to wear your seatbelt whenever getting into a vehicle, perhaps this one from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will: between 2004 and 2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives. Seat belts are the easiest way to get from point A to point B safely and alive. You can’t control some things out on the road but seat belt usage is something that you can.