In a Car Crash and Wearing a Seatbelt—Your Chances Improve

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In a Car Crash—Wearing a Seatbelt Is of Utmost Importance

Many causes of motor vehicle crashes—for example, distracted drivers—are beyond your control.

That is why, in a car crash, wearing a seatbelt is the most important thing you can do to save your life or minimize the risk of injuries.

The NHTSA found that seatbelts saved 329,715 lives between 1960 and 2012—which is more than the number saved by other vehicle life-saving technologies combined. This explains why state legislatures create and enforce adult and child seatbelt laws.

Wearing Seatbelts—Facts That Prove Buckling Up Can Save Lives

Seatbelts do save lives. Here are some facts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that prove this:

  • Wearing a seatbelt in the front seat can reduce your risk of major injuries by 50% and death by 45%
  • Buckling up in a light truck reduces injury risk by 65% and death by 60%
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt increases the risk of being ejected from a vehicle by 30 times
  • Wearing seatbelts saved about 14,955 lives just in 2017

Benefits of Wearing a Seatbelt

If you are wearing a seatbelt and get in a car accident, you can avoid these consequences:

  1. Needless injuries
  2. Reduced claims
  3. Seatbelt ticket penalties

Unnecessary Injuries

Your health is the primary concern if there is an accident. Wondering how a seatbelt protects you? The life-saving equipment keeps you in place to avoid additional injuries that can result from:

  • Getting ejected from the vehicle
  • Colliding with vehicle interior elements, such as the dashboard
  • Hitting other vehicle occupants
  • Getting injured by the force of an opening airbag

The seatbelt also distributes the crash forces to stronger body parts that can withstand them—the ribcage, for example. This means that you can avoid the common injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes, such as spinal cord injuries, neck fractures, internal bleeding, cuts, and brain injuries.

You need to buckle up correctly for a seatbelt to protect you. The shoulder belt should be placed over your chest in the middle and the lap belt across your hips.

Reduced Claims

If another driver causes the incident, you can file a claim to get compensated for the damages. Depending on your state, the amount you receive can be impacted by your decision to buckle up or not.

Most states have a seatbelt defense law that allows the defense attorney to argue that your failure to buckle up contributed to the severity of your injuries. The defense attorney will need to provide evidence on how your failure to buckle up contributed to your injuries—for instance, you were ejected from the vehicle.

The law varies based on the state—for example, in Wisconsin, your claim can only be reduced by 15% if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt. In other states, the amount can be reduced based on your percentage of fault, which means you can lose the entire claim. If you were buckled up, the seatbelt defense can’t be used, and you will get the full compensation you are entitled to.

Seatbelt Ticket Penalties

The officer present at the scene can issue a seatbelt ticket if you are not buckled up. The cost of a seatbelt ticket varies depending on the state. In states where failure to wear a seatbelt is a misdemeanor or a moving violation, you will get demerit points that can taint your driving record. This can also affect your insurance rates.

What To Do if You Get a Seatbelt Ticket

Got a seatbelt ticket? You can try these approaches to deal with it:

Ignore the ticketYou can always choose to throw the ticket in the trash, but failing to pay the fine can result in additional penalties, such as driver’s license suspension
Pay the finePaying the fine means you “plead guilty” and take on the consequences
Contest the ticket in courtIf the ticket was issued unfairly, you can defend yourself in a traffic court. You will have to provide a legally acceptable reason for not wearing a seatbelt, like driving in reverse

If you are struggling to present your argument, our app can help you. Just , and we will draft an appeal letter for you in a few minutes.

Would you like to get more details on the seatbelt laws in your state? Use our detailed guides below:

FloridaSouth DakotaIndiana
UtahSouth CarolinaNew Jersey
North CarolinaOklahomaAlabama
OregonNew MexicoWyoming
IdahoNew HampshireOhio
Rhode IslandIowaWest Virginia
North DakotaMassachusettsHawaii
MississippiNew York StateDistrict of Columbia
TexasWashington StateLouisiana

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  1. Select the Seatbelt Ticket product
  2. Attach a photo of your citation
  3. Answer a few questions, such as:
    1. Who got the ticket?
    2. When did you get it?
    3. What argument do you have?

Our system will use the provided information to generate an appeal letter automatically. We will also send it to the authorities for you, and all you will need to do is wait for the verdict.

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