As the first post in our three blog series discussing Arizona seatbelt laws and how they pertain to personal injury claims, we will begin by addressing that Arizona’s seatbelt laws are a little bit confusing to many people, but the underlying principles are well known. For example, most people understand that throughout the state, no matter where you are, you are required to wear a seatbelt. The public realizes that this has been the law in this state and almost every other state in the country for a long time. Drivers and passengers alike know they will get a traffic ticket if they drive without wearing a seatbelt.
But there are some important facts that most motorists don’t know. When it comes to how the failure to wear a seatbelt affects a personal injury claim, the question becomes more complicated.
First of all, let’s state the obvious: you should always wear your seatbelt. It often seems that everyone under the sun has a friend, an uncle, a cousin, or a neighbor who swears that they survived an accident only because they chose not to wear a seatbelt. They were told by an emergency room doctor that if they had worn a seatbelt, they would be dead. We have heard this yarn, too, but as legal professionals (and adults with common sense), it’s our responsibility to question the accuracy of these claims.
At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our skilled Arizona personal injury attorneys have been helping those injured in car accidents for over a decade. We are dedicated to helping our clients receive the best compensation for their injuries and suffering. To learn more about what can be done if you’ve been injured in an auto accident in which seatbelt-use is an issue, please read our next post. More information can also be obtained by calling our attorneys at 623-930-8064 for a free, no-obligation consultation.