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Neck FAQ

Question:

They say seatbelts save lives, but isn't it true people die wearing seatbelts?

Answer:

Wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 86 percent. Seatbelts don't always prevent neck injuries. A large study from Finland reports 10 percent of deaths from a motor vehicle accident are caused by neck injuries. Improved safety features may help reduce these deaths.

Brian Claytor, MD, et al. Cervical Spine Injury and Restraint System Use in Motor Vehicle Collisions. In Spine. February 15, 2004. Vol. 29. No. 4. Pp. 386-389.

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