Posted on Monday, January 22nd, 2024 at 2:07 pm
It’s time to talk seatbelts. Not just because that annoying chime won’t leave you alone until you click it but because it’s one of the best tools at your disposal if you come face to face with the unexpected. And when the unexpected takes the form of a car accident, as it so often does, that seatbelt could be the difference between a minor bump and a life-altering injury – a difference that matters quite a bit, especially if you’re considering filing a personal injury claim.
At the Tiemann Law Firm, we care about our clients’ physical, mental, and financial well-being, and we want to do everything we can to protect them. That’s why you need to make sure you’re buckled up when you’re on the road, and we hope this post will convince you to do so.
Seatbelts Save Lives
It’s not a secret; it’s science. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury in passenger cars and light trucks by a whopping 51%. That’s not just a number; it’s families staying whole, careers uninterrupted, and lives preserved.
Seatbelts Reduce the Severity of Injuries
Even in unavoidable accidents, wearing a seatbelt can mean the difference between a cracked windshield and a fractured skull. NHTSA also tells us that seatbelts reduce the risk of serious injury by 65%. That could mean avoiding surgery, lengthy recoveries, and a lifetime of pain – all factors that significantly impact your ability to heal and move forward.
Seatbelts Can Strengthen Your Personal Injury Claim
Accidents happen, and when they do, the law takes things like “reasonable precautions” into account. Not wearing a seatbelt, despite its proven effectiveness and legal requirement in most states, can be viewed as a form of negligence or otherwise held against you. This can weaken your claim, potentially reducing your compensation or making it harder to attain.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a car accident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.