Any accident attorney worth their salt will begin your consultation with one very basic but crucial question: “you were wearing your seat belt, weren’t you?” Why does a good accident attorney ask that question first? An accident attorney who does so not only cares about the outcome of your legal case but it also shows they care about your well-being. Accident attorneys know that wearing a seat belt is the absolute best way to stay alive in the event of a car crash.
In January of 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on the results of a 2013 study on seat belt usage finding that overall seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent, up 1% from the 2012 study. Why don’t 100% of drivers wear their seat belts? Perhaps some local seat belt laws are not strict enough.
Unfortunately Arizona is a secondary law State where drivers must be stopped for other violations, such as expired license tags before being cited for seat belt non-use. Nevertheless, law enforcement can and will issue citations for this offense. Whether you’re just going around the corner, or driving across town, always buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 25,580 fatal car crashes in the United States in 2012.
If you are hurt in any kind of car accident you should contact an experienced accident attorney. Unfortunately, even victims of car accidents who wear seat belts can still suffer from devastating and fatal injuries and are often facing expensive medical bills, lengthy recovery periods and lost wages from missed work. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s careless, negligent, impaired or distracted behavior, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Kamper & Simmons at 602-277-5625 for a free consultation today.