Seat Belt Use is Critical
Seat belt use is a critical first step in saving lives in motor vehicle crashes. Many states including Florida have enacted seat belt laws requiring seat belt use. The results have been significant in the prevention of ejection type injuries or death.
Seat Belt Use Is Critical
The use of a seat belt often becomes a critical issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case. Insurance companies almost always try to establish a lack of or improper use of a seat belt to limit or avoid their obligation to a crash victim for their injuries.
If you are involved in a car or truck accident, it is extremely important that the investigating officer documents in the accident report that the vehicles’ seat belts were used.
The inaccuracy of this important fact can damage a victim’s claim for injuries even though the driver of the other vehicle caused the crash.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)