The Handbook of Road Safety Measures, Second Edition

  • Published: 2009
  • Authors: Rune Elvik, Alena Høye, Truls Va and Michael Sørensen
  • Date Added: 01 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 17 Jun 2014

Objectives:

To identify the best estimate of seatbelt effectiveness for different levels of injury and different seating positions.

Methodology:

Metaanalysis of 29 studies of seat belt use

Key Findings:

  • Seatbelts are effective at preventing injury, especially more severe injuries.

Drivers of cars and vans

  • Seat belts are 50% effective at preventing fatal injuries.

  • Seat belts are 45% effective at preventing serious injuries.

  • Seatbelts are 25% effective at preventing minor injuries was 25%.

Front seat passengers

  • Seat belts are 45% effective at preventing fatal injuries.

  • Seat belts are 45% effective at preventing serious injuries.

  • Seat belts are 20% effective at preventing minor injuries.

Rear seat passengers

  • Seat belts are less effective at preventing injuries in the rear seats.

  • Seat belts are 25% effective at preventing fatal injuries

  • Seat belts are 25% effective at preventing serious injuries.

  • Seat belts are 20% effective at preventing minor injuries was 20%.

 

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