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Seat Belts—Worth Using


New research shows that people who survive car accidents are three times more likely to die in an emergency room if they weren’t wearing a seat belt. The findings looked at more than 23,000 people who were involved in car accidents in Wisconsin in 2002.

Additionally, people who were not wearing seatbelts were two times more likely to be hospitalized, and only about 20 percent of them were discharged from the emergency department.


The research indicated those most likely not to be wearing a seatbelt were young men who often had been drinking alcohol.

Academic Emergency Medicine, April 2006
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