You can still file an injury claim even if you were not wearing a seat belt.
Miley Legal Group
While almost all states, including West Virginia, have seat belt laws, you can still file an injury claim even if you are not wearing one. We strongly suggest wearing seat belts because they have been responsible for saving the lives of more than 75,000 people in the period between 2004 and 2008. Still there are those that choose not to wear them. Here are the top 4 excuses people give when asked why they don’t wear seat belts.
- “Why do I need a seat belt? I have air bags!” While air bags do protect drivers and passengers from hitting the dashboard and windshield, they may not help during a rollover accident. Think of your seat belt as your primary mode of protection and your air bags as an enhancement.
- “I’m afraid of getting trapped in my car.” This is a real fear for many people; however, remaining in your vehicle increases your chances of survival. Sadly, a person who is thrown out of his or her vehicle during an accident is 25 times more likely to be killed. Your seat belt also protects you from being knocked unconscious, allowing you to exit your vehicle quickly in the case of a fire.
- “I’m a good driver; I don’t have to worry about accidents.” Even if you have a perfect driving record and have never been involved in a collision before, you could still be hit by a driver who isn’t as careful as you.
- “Seat belts are uncomfortable.” When worn correctly, you won’t even notice you have a seat belt on! Because they only lock in place in the event of an accident, you will have the freedom to move comfortably while wearing your life-saving seat belt.
If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, speak with a Clarksburg car accident attorney to discuss filing a West Virginia injury claim.