Seat belts save over 13,000 lives each year. One of them could be yours. The top 5 things you should know about buckling up and wearing your seat belt correctly

Seat Belt Safety- What You Need to Know About Seat Belts | Washington Car Accident Attorney

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For your safety and for the safety of all vehicle passengers, it is important to be well informed about proper seat belt use.  Follow these tips provided by the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration to ensure you and all vehicle passengers are protected:

1. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
In 2008, seat belts saved more than 13,000 lives nationwide. From 2004-2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives- enough to fill a large sports arena. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers.

2. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
In fact, if you don't wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag; a movement of such force could injure or even kill you. See for more on air bag safety.

3. How to buckle up safely.
Place the shoulder belt against your rib cage and across the middle of your chest, away from your neck. Adjust the lap belt against your hips and across your hips below your stomach. NEVER but the shoulder belt behind your back or under and arm.

4. Fit matters.
-Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.
-Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.
-If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders.
-If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today's safer lap/shoulder belts.

5. Occupant protection is for everyone.
Visit the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration web site and click on 4 Steps for Kids to find out how to secure your littlest passengers.

If you've been injured in a car accident, or have questions about your injuries, call the Andrew Kim Law Firm for your free consultation.  In the Tacoma area, (253) 682-2000. In Bellevue and surround areas, (425) 289-1990 or toll free at (800) 636-3676.

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