Individuals in New York can reduce the chance that they will be in a fatal car accident by spending less time in the car and taking advantage of available safety technology. Driving remains one of the most dangerous activities most people engage in although one study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that since 1960, the number of lives saved by safety technology, including seat belts, has increased.
The study looked at data from 1960 to 2012. In 1968, the government began to mandate the inclusion of seat belts in cars, but some manufacturers had already begun including them several years earlier. Over the time period studied, safety technology saved an average of 11,575 lives per year, but in 2012, 27,600 lives were saved.