Philadelphia, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/22/2014 -- To ride in anyone’s vehicle, one simple rule should always be followed in order to prevent danger: Always buckle up. However, according to a recent report produced by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is a nationwide increase in the percentage of fatally injured teen drivers who were not wearing their seatbelts.
The report, featuring statistics conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based group, reported that more than 51% of teenage drivers killed in car accidents in 2012 (the most recent statistics to date) were not wearing their seatbelts. An even more troubling statistic showed that more than 60% of teenage passengers who were killed in car accidents were not wearing their seatbelts. According to the Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, this is an alarming report that needs to be taken seriously.
Saltz Mongeluzz Barrett & Bendesky have successfully handled thousands of motor vehicle cases in Philadelphia including automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents. They know all too familiarly the pain family and friends go through when their teenager dies as the result of a car accident that could have been prevented if they were wearing a seatbelt.
Pennsylvania was one of the states featured in the report. Even though the number of drivers aged 16-17 tumbled from 133 in 1997 to 27 in 2013, the state continues its effort in ensuring teenage drivers buckle up including law enforcement officials engaging in a three-week campaign to inform drivers about seat belt use and hand out fines to people who violate the rules.
According to Salts Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendeski, parents need to get more involved with their teen drivers. Teen drivers also need to enforce seatbelt use when friends ride in their vehicle. If passengers aren’t going to wear their seatbelts, the car or truck should never leave the parking lot or driveway.
Individuals who have been involved in, or know someone who has been involved in an automobile accident can contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at Salts Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendeski. For more information about hiring an attorney or driving laws in Philadelphia, please call 215-496-8282.
Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky is a law firm that offers personal injury lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The attorneys at Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky have achieved some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They also represent construction workers who have been injured or killed.
For more information, please go to http://www.smbb.com/ or call 215-496-8282.