The Texas Department of Transportation recently launched a campaign to remind pickup truck drivers about the importance of buckling up every time they get in their vehicles. According to TxDOT, using a seat belt reduces the chance of fatalities among pickup drivers by 60 percent.
Currently, seat belt usage in Texas is at an all time high among individuals in cars. However, statistics show that pickup truck drivers are not using their seat belts regularly. In Texas, one out of every two pickup truck drivers killed in a traffic crash was not buckled up. The number of trucks involved in fatal crashes in Texas was about 20 percent higher than the number of cars involved in fatal crashes.
There are a couple of reasons officials believe that pickup truck drivers are less likely to buckle up than other drivers. First, pickup drivers often believe they are safer because they are driving a larger vehicle. However, according to TxDOT statistics, pickup trucks tend to roll over during crashes and sling passengers that are not buckled up out of the windows. Another reason pickup truck drivers are less likely to buckle up is because more pickup trucks are driven by younger males, a demographic that is in general less likely to buckle up than other groups of individuals.
Although traffic fatalities have decreased between 2003 and 2009, traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 44 in Texas. In 2009 alone, more than 3,000 people died in fatal collisions in Texas, and just under 50 percent were not buckled up. In addition to the safety reasons to buckle up, if you fail to buckle your seat belt, you could receive a ticket for $250 or more.
Have you been involved in a pickup truck accident in Texas? If so, contact Kris Barber, Dallas automobile accident attorney at 817-527-8833. He will help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your accident.