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A two-vehicle accident on I-15 near Idaho Falls, Idaho sent two people to the hospital when their car rolled over after leaving the road. Both drivers , one from Rexburg, Idaho and the other from River Heights, Utah, were northbound on I-15, when one of the drivers rear-ended the other, causing it to to go off the right shoulder and roll. The driver and a passenger were transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ambulance for medical evaluation. According to the Idaho State Police, all persons involved were wearing their seatbelts.

The injuries you sustain from an automobile accident can be very serious, even more so when you are not wearing your seatbelt. Automobile accidents can be a scary and life changing event and no matter the type of accident that you are in you can be injured. In any type of accident, a seat belt worn properly can save your life. A vehicle’s air bags help lower injuries caused by a crash only along with the use of properly worn seat belts. The injuries sustained in an auto crash are statistically much more serious when seat belts aren’t worn than the injuries sustained when seat belts are worn.

In the state of Idaho, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2012 only 79% of drivers and front seat passengers wore their seat belts, compared to the national average of 86%. The use of seat belts is the lowest for those between 16 – 24 years old, than for any other age group. The National Safety Council also found that when the driver of a vehicle or parent is buckled, the child is buckled 95 percent of the time. That number drops drastically to 67 percent of the time when the parent or driver isn’t buckled. The use of seat belts not only can help prevent serious injuries for you but can start the habit for children and prevent injuries for them.

CDC info: https://data.cdc.gov/Motor-Vehicle/Percentage-of-Drivers-and-Front-Seat-Passengers-We/8j8w-gfjy
National Safety Council info: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-motor-vehicle-crash.aspx