There are many reasons to wear a seatbelt other than the laws requiring it. The top ten reasons for proper seatbelt use are apparent from the following statistics from a study at James Mason University:
- One in five drivers are involved in an auto accident each year.
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45.
- Close to 35,000 people die each year in auto accidents, half of whom would have been saved by the use of seatbelts.
A seatbelt may very well save your life in the case of a car accident. If that is not enough, it may save your child. Just as importantly, it could minimize physical injuries. In New Mexico where drivers are chronically uninsured or underinsured, minimization of physical injuries may very well save you and your family from financial disaster. There many more good reasons for wearing a seatbelt and none that would suggest otherwise.