As experienced Phoenix car accident attorneys, we want to applaud the efforts of Yuma, Arizona police for trying to get people to wear their seatbelts more. There is no question that seatbelts save lives. In a recent article, Yuma police were reporting that they were taking extra measures to make sure drivers and passengers wore their seatbelts.
As attorneys, we have seen too many life changing injuries, many of which left families without a loved one who was fatally injured, or other people with serious permanent injuries that would have been lessened if they had not failed to wear their seatbelt. Of course, seatbelts do not save lives in every case, but seatbelts do save lives in many situations. Sometimes a seatbelt can offer very little value, but other times it has been proven that a seatbelt saved the life of an innocent individual.
This is especially the case when it comes to children’s car seats. As attorneys, we suggest that all people wear their seatbelts. Far too many people are calling us with horrendous injuries due to automobile accidents in Arizona. We see already that many people are wearing their seatbelts, but it would be better if every driver and passenger was required to wear their seatbelt before the car moved even one inch out of the parking spot. We already know Arizona law requires the use of seatbelts, but is time we all require seatbelt use of each other.
People should be wearing their seatbelt not just because it is the law, but because it may save your life. There have been many stories where a person put their seatbelt on and a moment later they were involved in a terrible automobile accident and it was the seatbelt that saved their life. Also, if for no other reason, spare yourself or your family a lifetime of regrets and “what ifs” following a terrible crash.
Many people are killed in Arizona car accidents even while wearing their seatbelt, and many more suffer debilitating injuries in spite of having a seatbelt on at the time of the crash. However, for those that suffer horrendous injuries after a car accident and failed to wear their seatbelt, there is always a “what if” set of questions that they have to live with for the rest of their lives.
If Yuma police officers giving citations for not wearing seatbelts helps encourage people in Yuma, Arizona and throughout the state to wear their seatbelt and this action ultimately serves to save more lives, we think that people will get mad at getting citations for not wearing their seatbelt and it is still well worth the effort. There is very little we control as accident and skilled Phoenix personal injury attorneys, but encouraging people to decrease the chances they become personal injury plaintiffs after a serious car accident by wearing a seatbelt is a step in the right direction. Buckle up, Arizona!