Medical Definition of Seat belt

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Seat belt: A belt used to hold an individual in their seat.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Over 70% of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts can help reduce death and injury by up to 60%.

Using a shoulder belt without a lap belt can leave one at greater risk for some injuries than wearing no seat belt at all. Chest and abdominal injuries are more than twice as common among those who wear shoulder but not lap belts than among those with no belts.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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