Another 267 traffic deaths that year involved other vehicles, such as motorcycles and bicycles, not equipped with seat belts, or pedestrians. In all, 1,022 people died in traffic accidents in 2009.
The death rate for those wearing a seat belt in crashes was less than 1 in 2,000. But for those not secured, the rate was almost 22 in 1,000 — 46.9 times higher than those buckled up. Those not wearing belts were also 10 times more likely to suffer an incapacitating injury.