More Virginia Drivers are Buckling Up

By Peter DePaolis

A study by Old Dominion University revealed that Virginia drivers are buckling up at a rate of 81.8 percent. It is a slight improvement from the 2010 number of 80.5 percent, according to a report on the study at The results seem to show in crash statistics, as there were 740 traffic deaths in the state last year. That is the lowest annual car crash fatality rate since 1966.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles said that seatbelts are a driver’s best chance of survival during a car accident. Despite the view that seatbelts restrict a driver’s movement, seatbelts increase your chances of survival significantly, added the spokesperson. Numbers from the Virginia Police Department show that people wearing seatbelts are 40 percent less likely to die in a car wreck.

Buckling up also sets a good example for children, according to experts, as kids are more likely to use seatbelts when they see adults do the same. In conjunction with airbags, seatbelts are lifesavers. Not everyone is getting the message, though. So far this year in Virginia, of 448 traffic deaths, 194 of those victims were not seat belted. Call our office today to learn more.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.