Remind the Teens in Your Life to Drive Safely This Summer

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. That devastating fact became reality for the friends and family of Laura Grant and Culberhouse when the teens lost their lives in a fatal car accident in 2011. After the accident, their mothers Wendy Grant and Lorisse Garcia established the Always Wear Your Seatbelt Foundation, a local Orlando group that advocates for teens–and all drivers and passengers–to “always, always, always wear your seatbelt.”

100 Deadliest Days

Did you know that more teens lose their lives in car accidents during the 100 days of summer than any other time of year? There’s a reason. Teens are out of school, so they don’t typically have a routine. They drive more, and they’re out later. Their minds are focused on having fun, and it’s easy for them to forget to buckle up.

Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. That’s why the attorneys at Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos are asking you to spread the word, and remind the teens in your life to buckle up.

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Facts You Should Know

  • Of the teens (aged 13-20 years) that died in crashes in 2012, approximately 55% of them were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
  • It only takes 3 seconds to buckle your seatbelt.
  • Air bags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts.
  • Rear-seat motor vehicle passengers are less likely than front-seat passengers to wear a seat belt, making them more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash.

How Parents Can Help

  • Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short. This sets a good example.
  • Train your children: Have all children age 12 and under sit properly buckled in the back seat.
  • Remind teens about the importance of seat belt use.
  • Encourage teens to make wearing a seatbelt a habit.
Will you commit to always wearing your seatbelt?

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