Seatbelts are often thought of as the most important safety device in your vehicle. However, wearing your seatbelt does not always save you from serious injuries in auto accident.
If you were injured in an accident whether or not you were wearing a seatbelt, our experienced auto accident attorneys can help you pursue the resolution to your legal case that you deserve. Call (206) 622-1100 today to speak with one of our multi-lingual staff members about your case.
Many states, including Washington, have seatbelt laws that require occupants to wear the restraints and allow police officers to cite you for not wearing the seatbelt as either a primary or secondary offense. These laws are intended to protect the occupants of a vehicle. Too often defense attorneys will attempt to use these laws to argue that not wearing a seatbelt means that you are not entitled to recover compensation for the injuries you received in a car accident. That is just not true.
Injuries Without a Seatbelt
Although Washington requires drivers and occupants to wear a seatbelt, the law does not equate failure to wear a seatbelt with negligence. Although insurance companies and defense attorneys will argue that your injuries are a result of not wearing a seatbelt if you were not wearing one at the time of an accident, your injuries may have been just as bad or worse if you were wearing a seatbelt.
Working with our attorneys at Buckley & Associates and a medical or accident reconstruction expert can help you prove that the defendant driver is liable for your injuries regardless of whether you were wearing a seatbelt.
Another concern with seatbelts is that they can be defective. Defective restraint systems can cause more harm than good in a motor vehicle accident. If you were injured because of a defective seatbelt or other defective vehicle component, you may be able to recover compensation from the vehicle manufacturer to cover the extensive costs of your injuries.
Are you or your loved one suffering from injuries sustained in a car accident? Please contact Buckley &Associates for your free consultation with one of our experienced automobile accident attorneys. We welcome clients throughout the Seattle and Tacoma areas of Washington.