It is time again for the National Click It Or Ticket campaign, which began yesterday and runs through June 3, 2012. During this campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raises awareness of the dangers of driving or riding without a seatbelt while law enforcement agencies across the country increase enforcement of seatbelt laws.
According to the NHTSA:
- Seventy percent of 18-34 year old passengers killed in traffic crashes on rural roads at night were not wearing their seat belts
- At least 3,340 lives could have been saved in 2010 by buckling up
- Of all men between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in car accidents, 66 percent were not wearing their seat belts.
- Seventy-eight percent of passengers ejected from their vehicles suffered fatal injuries
- Airbags do not protect unbuckled occupants as well as they protect occupants wearing seat belts and can even lead to serious injury without seatbelt use
These are only a few of the facts that show the importance of wearing a seatbelt. As a personal injury law firm, we sometimes bring wrongful death lawsuits for the families of individuals who were not wearing their seat belts. While seatbelt use does not always change the outcome of a serious car accident, we can only hope that more people choose to wear seat belts and fewer families face tragedy.
Seat belts and Texas Personal Injury Law
If your loved one wasn't wearing a seat belt and was killed or seriously injured in a Texas car accident, can you still recover compensation? Yes. In Texas, drivers who fail to drive safely are not let off the hook because the victim was not wearing a seat belt. In fact, seat belt evidence is inadmissible as evidence to determine liability or money damages.
Texas law requires everyone to wear a seat belt, but it does not decrease an at-fault driver's liability in a personal injury trial.
It is up to all of us to drive safely, and part of driving safely is protecting our own lives by wearing our seat belts.