From airbags and crumple zones to back up cameras and merge assist alert systems, the technology in vehicles sold in the US has improved exponentially over the last decade. We are starting to get into sci-fi territory here with some of the new innovations that we are seeing in the latest automotive releases over the past several years. And as impressive as all of these gadgets and systems are – and, don’t get us wrong, they are impressive – still the most important safety feature in your vehicle is your seat belt.
With countless studies completed by governmental groups, independent researchers as well as industry interests, the data agrees that wearing a seat belt can decrease the risk of injury or death by over 50 percent in instances of moderate to severe crashes. Furthermore, in 2014, the of all of the fatal accidents reported nationwide, nearly half of deceased victims were not using a seat belt at the time of the crash. In short, failure to wear a seat belt makes any accident worse.
At Purnell Body Shop, we are in a unique position to see the results from all degrees of auto accidents. In many cases, the vehicles are still in good enough shape to be repaired good as new. Since we tow for municipalities, we also see the results of accidents in which vehicles are beyond repair. Regardless of the degree of the accident, we know that more people tend to walk away when they are wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. We preach safety a good deal around here and for good reason. We want everyone out there to have a fun and safe summer and urge all drivers young and old to practice safe driving habits on the roadways this summer driving season.