Drivers and passengers who buckle up are more likely to survive serious motor vehicle crashes and avoid injuries. Don’t believe it? In 2016, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Further, NHTSA research indicates an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up. Seat belts are the least expensive and most effective way to lower employer costs due to crashes and injuries.
- 224 people not wearing a seat belt died on state roads
- 41.5% of unrestrained fatalities (93 of 224) were totally ejected from the vehicle
- 68.3% of unrestrained fatalities (153 of 224) were male
- 62.5% of unrestrained fatalities (140 of 224) were killed in crashes involving only one vehicle
What Employers Can Do
Businesses with a written policy requiring employees to buckle up in a company vehicle or on company business have higher on-the-job safety belt usage.
Employees who are in the habit of using a safety belt during work hours also are more likely to buckle up when they are off the clock.