The Problem of Passenger Restraint

Drivers and passengers who buckle up are more likely to survive serious motor vehicle crashes and avoid injuries. Don’t believe it? In 2016, of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and restraint use was known, 43.7% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred, according to a Texas Department of Transportation crash highlights report.

Seat belts are the least expensive and most effective way to lower employer costs due to crashes and injuries.Texas law states that all passengers in a vehicle must be secured by a safety belt. Statewide, 999 people were killed while not wearing a seat belt in 2016.

Buckling up is your best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash, according to Click It or Ticket Texas, a TxDOT program. What could happen if you’re not buckled?

Increased Risk with Pickup Trucks

In Texas, there is one pickup truck for every four licensed drivers. Two hundred thirty-eight people were killed in pickup truck rollover incidents in 2012, accounting for 39.5% of all pickup truck crash deaths, according to data highlighted in Chapter 5, Table 115 of NHTSA Safety Facts. By comparison, passenger rollover crashes accounted for 23% of all fatalities.

Compared with passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, large trucks, buses and utility vehicles experienced the highest rollover rate in fatal crashes (30.6%), as noted in Chapter 3 of the NHTSA report.

What Employers Can Do

Businesses with a written policy requiring employees to buckle up in a company vehicle or on company business have higher on-the-job safety belt usage.

Employees who are in the habit of using a safety belt during work hours also are more likely to buckle up when they are off the clock.

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