Can I Still Make An Injury Claim If I Wasn’t Wearing A Seatbelt At The Time Of An Auto Accident?

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Can I Still Make A Claim If I Wasn't Wearing A Seatbelt At The Time Of An Auto Accident

Here in Florida, it’s a law that you must wear a seatbelt when operating your car. If you do not wear your seatbelt you could be in violation and get a ticket for doing that. However more importantly if you don’t wear your seatbelt and you get into an accident and you are injured, it could be used against you to show that you are partially at fault for causing your injuries and it could reduce the damages that you collect from the at-fault party for your injuries. So if you’re driving a vehicle, you’re not wearing a seatbelt, and you’re injured and you otherwise would have been less injured had you been wearing your seatbelt your damages could be reduced and it could be held against you ultimately when you settle that case. So it’s important to wear your seatbelt for two reasons. One it will protect you and seatbelts do save lives, and two it will help preserve your case without having any fault charges brought against you if you do make a claim for your injuries if somebody else was at fault for an accident.

Gene Zweben
Gene Zweben
Gene is the managing partner of Zweben Law Group located in Stuart, Florida. Gene's practice focuses on litigating plaintiff's cases throughout the State of Florida and has significant experience in: personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, wrongful death, Americans with Disabilities Act litigation, family law and general civil cases.

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