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Robinson Injury Law wants to make sure that you are always wearing your seat belt when riding in a vehicle.
We know that accidents take place each and every day. This is why in our daily lives, safety devices are extremely important. The correct use of seat belts have saved many lives and it is important to understand why you need to wear a seat belt and wear it correctly.
Seatbelts Save Lives
On January 1st, 1968, federal legislation made seat belts mandatory under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. With the exception of buses, all vehicles were required to have seat belts and assigned seating positions with this legislation.
Between 2010 and 2014, 63,000 lives were saved in car crashes due to the seat belt restraint system. Unfortunately, on the reverse side, passengers with unbuckled seat belts in a car accident resulted in 9,385 fatalities on US roads in 2014 (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)).
The Benefits: What Can a Seatbelt Do for You?
1. You’re Held in Place:
Car accidents generate a tremendous amount of force. Holding on or bracing yourself will not be enough to possibly prevent injury if you aren’t properly secured with a seat belt.
2. You’ll Protect Your Passengers:
Many people are unaware that passengers or items that are not properly restrained may cause injuries. During a crash, you could tumble around inside the vehicle if you aren’t correctly buckled up. Not only will this increase your chances of being hurt, but it can also cause injuries to your passengers.
3. You’ll Avoid Legal Issues
Many states have seat belt laws, and violating them will result in hefty fines. By not buckling your seatbelt, you might end up with a traffic violation on your record. Going without a seat belt is not a good idea, especially when buckling up is fast and easy.
4. You’ll Have a Strong Personal Injury Case
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can file a lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Unfortunately, the best lawyer in the world will struggle to prove your case if you were not wearing your seatbelt. In this incident, the opposing legal team can and probably will argue that your injuries were caused or exacerbated by your lack of a seat belt.
Robinson Injury Law wants to remind you to always wear your seat belt. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
More questions? Give us a call for a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.