Seatbelts rock! Studies have found that wearing a seatbelt can save your life in the event of an automobile accident. In fact, you are 45 percent more likely to survive a crash if you’re wearing a belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 5,500 lives could be saved each year by increasing the level of safety belt use in the United States to 90 percent. That is why there are mandatory safety belt laws in 49 states and the District of Columbia. In most states, these laws cover those riding in the front seats, although belt laws in 19 states and the District of Columbia cover all rear seat occupants, too.