The U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 286,000 accidents involving 18-wheelers in 2009. Passenger car occupants suffered 86 percent of the fatalities and 75 percent of injuries in these accidents. An August 21, 2015 New York Times article by reporter Howard Abramson reports that “The death toll in truck-involved crashes rose 17 percent from 2009 to 2013. According to the latest data available, fatalities in truck-involved crashes have risen four years in a row, reaching 3,946 in 2013.”
Seatbelts can often mean the difference between life and death when it comes to an accident. They can prevent the driver from striking the steering wheel or dashboard and other occupants from being thrown sideways, slammed into a door or flying into the front seat. There are many testimonials regarding lives saved by wearing seatbelts. They are an inexpensive form of insurance and should always be worn when the vehicle is moving.