← Facts About The LAW Totoya Will Pay Record $17.35 Million In Civil Penalties → Seatbelt Reminder Help Prevent Accidents Approximately 50% of people who die in traffic accidents every year were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. This in spite of the fact that national seat belt usage rates are currently at a record 86%. Car accident lawyer believe that more people could be encouraged to wear seat belts through the wide spread use of seatbelt reminder systems in automobiles. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that there is growing public support for the expanded use of seatbelt reminder alerts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the reaction to the mandate requiring such systems was so negative, that it eliminated the requirement altogether. In fact, the criticism was so great that Congress actually passed a law that banned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from requiring belt interlock systems. Now however, the attitude is very different. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed as many as 1,200 drivers and passengers about seatbelt use. Approximately 91% of the people in the survey said that they always wear seat belts while driving, while 8% said that they wore seat belts most of the time. Approximately 1% said that they did not buckle up while driving. It goes without saying that using your seat-belts is very important to protect yourself and your family in the case of an accident. I have been a Riverside car accident attorney for over 30 years. I know motor vehicle accidents happen every minute of every day. Being involved in any type of car accident can leave the victim with serious injuries, significant medical expenses, and an uncertain future. All of a sudden, through no fault of your own, your life has been turned upside down.