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What if I was not wearing a seat belt when my Car accident in Los Angeles occurred?

Los Angeles, California has strict laws that require drivers and front seat passengers to wear seatbelts. Seatbelts are proven to save lives. Based on statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report in 2009, 450 lives could have been saved, and 12,000 car accident injuries could have been prevented if car drivers and passengers wore their seatbelts. Despite strict laws and these staggering statistics, drivers and passengers in Los Angeles, California fail to wear their seatbelts every day.

That being said, if you have been injured as a result of a car accident and you were not wearing a seat belt, you still have valid legal grounds to seek damages from an at-fault driver. The difficulty posed in this situation, is that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will argue that you would not have been injured, or your injuries would have been less serious had you have worn your seatbelt. However, for this argument to be effective, the at-fault driver’s insurance company must be able to prove that your failure to wear your seat belt contributed to your injuries. Essentially, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is trying to show that the at-fault driver was not the sole cause of your injuries, but you too were a cause, and therefore the at-fault driver should not be held totally liable.

The experienced and friendly Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group have dealt with hundreds of car accident cases. We know how to aggressively fight for your legal rights, and will employ our network of experts and medical professionals to aid you in getting the best settlement offer you may be entitled to for your injuries. If you have any questions regarding how not wearing a seatbelt may effect your car accident law suit, please contact us toll free at 1-800-337-8547, and we will be happy to discuss your case with your in detail.