Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Seatbelts and Airbags Can Prevent InjuriesSeptember 27, 2016
When used together, seatbelts and airbags are much more effective at preventing serious facial fractures than when used alone. A new study shows that facial fractures can be reduced by 53 percent when seatbelts and airbags are used together, compared to 43 percent when seatbelts are used alone, and 18 percent when airbags are used without a seatbelt.
The study, which was conducted by the University of Wisconsin, analyzed 518,000 car accident victims who received treatment between 2007 and 2012 at trauma centers across the country. Over 56,000 victims suffered facial fractures including nasal and mid-face fractures. Younger men who did not use safety devices were most likely to suffer facial fractures.
The research revealed the following statistics:
Of those who suffered facial fractures:
- Close to three out of five were not using a safety device
- Nearly six percent experienced only airbag deployment
- Approximately 27 percent were wearing a seat belt
- Less than seven percent had both airbag deployment and were using seatbelts
According to Dr. David Hyman, co-leader of the study, the reduction in facial fractures from seatbelt use and airbag deployment can be attributed to technological advances in airbags over the past 10 to 15 years. With continued advances, and using the two safety features in conjunction with each other, these types of injures may continue to decline.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims with Facial Fractures
If you or someone you love has sustained a facial fracture after being involved in a car accident in Maryland, contact Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Our dedicated team will examine the details of your case, determine who is responsible for your injuries, and pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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