The Lifesaving Shield: The Crucial Role of Seatbelts in Reducing Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities

Every time you step into a vehicle, whether for a quick errand or a long road trip, one simple action can make a world of difference in ensuring your safety: wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts are a cornerstone of vehicle safety, with a proven track record of significantly reducing injuries and fatalities in car accidents. 

As a car accident law firm at Castan Lecca & Boeschen, we understand the vital role seatbelt usage plays in minimizing the impact of accidents.

The cold, hard facts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all drivers and passengers who die in motor vehicle crashes each year were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. That’s a staggering statistic that underscores the lifesaving potential of this simple safety measure. In fact, the CDC reports that seatbelts reduce the risk of death in car crashes by about 45% and the risk of serious injury by about 50%.

Mechanisms of protection

The mechanism by which seatbelts protect occupants is straightforward yet critical. In the event of a collision, the force generated can cause the body to move suddenly and violently. Seatbelts restrain occupants and distribute these forces over the strongest parts of the body – the hips and shoulders. This helps prevent occupants from striking the vehicle’s interior or being ejected altogether, reducing the severity of injuries.

Types of injuries prevented

Seatbelts effectively prevent a range of injuries that can occur during a car accident, including:

  • Head injuries: By keeping passengers securely in their seats, seatbelts prevent the head from striking the windshield, dashboard, or other hard surfaces.
  • Whiplash and neck injuries: Properly worn seatbelts help control the head and neck’s sudden forward and backward movement, reducing the risk of whiplash and other neck-related injuries.
  • Ejection: One of the most severe consequences of not wearing a seatbelt is the risk of ejection from the vehicle during a crash. Ejection dramatically increases the likelihood of fatal injuries.
  • Internal injuries: The force of a collision can cause passengers to collide with the vehicle’s interior or each other. Seatbelts mitigate this impact, reducing the risk of internal injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries: seatbelts prevent sudden jolts that can lead to spinal cord injuries, which can have lifelong consequences.
  • Airbag effectiveness: Airbags are designed to work in conjunction with seatbelts, not as a replacement. Without a seatbelt, airbags alone may not provide adequate protection during a crash.

Real-life impact

To emphasize the real-life impact of seatbelt usage, consider the case of a recent car accident that occurred in Georgia.

In this incident, a vehicle collided head-on with another car while traveling at high speed. The occupants of the first car were wearing their seatbelts, while those in the second car were not. The results were striking: the occupants of the first car suffered minor injuries and were able to walk away from the accident, while the occupants of the second car sustained severe injuries that required hospitalization.

Beyond the basics: advancements and teen safety

Seatbelt usage is not just about buckling up – it’s about embracing technological advancements and addressing specific challenges, such as encouraging teenagers to make seatbelt usage a habit. 

Advanced seatbelt technologies, like pre-tensioners and load limiters, enhance the protection provided by traditional seatbelts. They tighten the belt during a collision to keep occupants firmly in place while minimizing the risk of injury. However, fostering seatbelt habits among teenagers can be challenging. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen drivers have a lower seatbelt usage rate than other age groups. Educational campaigns and parental influence play a crucial role in motivating young drivers to prioritize their safety.

The evidence is undeniable: wearing a seatbelt can be the difference between life and death in a car accident. The statistics, research, and real-life examples all underscore the importance of this simple yet crucial safety measure. As a law firm committed to the well-being of Georgia’s residents, Castan Lecca & Boeschen urges you to always wear your seatbelt – no matter how short the trip or your familiarity with the route.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, remember that our team at Castan Lecca & Boeschen is here to help. Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights, and you receive the compensation you deserve. 

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us guide you through the legal process while you focus on your recovery and healing.

Remember, a seatbelt is more than just a strap – it’s a lifeline that can save lives and prevent life-altering injuries. Make it a habit, not just a choice, to buckle up whenever you get in a vehicle. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depend on it.








Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA





Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel



Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish



Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund



Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church



Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.