In our first post discussing seatbelt laws in Arizona, we mentioned that some doctors may state that if a person had worn a seatbelt, they would not have survived the car accident. Although this is not what most people expect to hear, it does happen. However, even if these statements come from medical doctors, those doctors were not present at the scene of the collision. They’re not crime scene experts reconstructing the accident, they are health professionals working to heal the wounded.
Although the service they provide is invaluable, the comments they make after the fact do not constitute a true expert opinion. They are qualified to determine the extent of injuries suffered, but not the direct cause of those injuries. They can only speculate that injuries were avoided as a result of not wearing a seatbelt.
We cannot plausibly deny that there are a small number of cases in which harm is increased because a seatbelt is worn. However, in terms of saving lives, the odds are strongly in favor of seatbelt use. Seatbelts do not save a life in every accident, but to suggest that a seatbelt should not be worn because of a small minority of cases is ludicrous. Seatbelts save lives and prevent injury every hour of every day in this country. A seatbelt has saved more people from more serious injury on countless occasions throughout Arizona. Wear a seatbelt because it’s safe and it’s the smartest decision.
To learn more about Arizona seatbelt laws and personal injury claims, please refer to our third post on the subject. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. We have handled numerous auto accident cases involving seatbelt issues and are highly familiar with the potential complexities circulating around such a case.