Recently, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published an article detailing the increasing medical and work-loss costs that result from motor vehicle accidents. According to the article, over 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year and the costs (medical and work-loss) of those accidents totaling $41 billion. California was at the top of the list with $4.16 billion while Illinois motor vehicle accidents were in 8th with $1.32 billion.
In order to prevent such significant losses, life and monetary, the CDC recommends that states adopt the following strategies. Those policies include: stricter child passenger policies, advanced driver’s education for teenagers, mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, in addition to, mandatory seat-belt laws. The CDC extensively encourages the need for compulsory seat belt laws due to the fact that seat belts reduce the risk of death in half in the event of an accident.
Fortunately, just this week, Illinois adopted stricter seat belt laws to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, all passengers, including those riding in the back seat of a car, are now required by law to wear their safety. Illinois police officers are allowed to stop cars and trucks where they see unbuckled passengers and may fine violators up to $25.
Our Illinois accident attorneys strongly encourage the use of all safety precautions in motor vehicles, whether you are the operator or passenger of one, especially the use of seatbelts. It is sometimes easy to forget about the safety feature that could one day save the life of you or your loved ones. With the 4th of July quickly upon us and more vehicles traveling the roadways it is always important to remember – “Click It or Ticket.”