It is well-known that the drivers and passengers in a vehicle should use their seatbelts in order to protect themselves from serious injuries, to the fullest extent possible. However, people throughout the State of Florida and across the country still fail to use their seatbelts every time they get into a vehicle. In addition to increasing the risk of harm to themselves, studies have shown that a passenger who does not use a seatbelt may pose a danger to other people in the vehicle during a violent collision, becoming a projectile impacting other vehicle occupants.
There are many different ways that a person can be injured in a car crash, but failing to wear a seatbelt, or traveling with someone who fails to wear a seatbelt, is one thing that leads to preventable injuries. The skilled Miami car crash attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will evaluate your case after you or a loved one suffers from an injury during a car crash in order to craft an effective case to get compensation for your injuries. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in obtaining the right results for our clients injured during a car crash.
Seatbelt usage remains an important focus for organizations and government agencies working to reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic accidents. Drivers in the United States are less likely to wear seatbelts as compared to drivers in other industrialized nations, with seatbelt use hovering around 85 percent in the United States when it is over 90 percent in other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a recent summary of the importance of seatbelt use and preventing injuries. The findings include:
• A person who uses a seatbelt reduces his risk of serious accident-related injuries and/or fatalities by approximately 50 percent;
• Airbags do not replace seatbelts for protection in an accident, although they do reduce a person’s risk of injury in addition to the seatbelt;
• After a fatal crash, teenagers are found to not be wearing seatbelts in 55 percent of these accidents;
• Individuals over the age of 35 years are more likely to wear seatbelts as compared to individuals aged 18 to 34 years;
• Individuals residing in an urban or suburban area are more likely to wear a seatbelt than people living in a rural area; and
• Men are less likely to wear a seatbelt than women.
There are many different types of negligence, which means that a person has breached a duty of care owed to another individual. When there is a car accident, it is critical to analyze every aspect of the collision to determine who may have contributed to the injury suffered by a crash victim. Seatbelt use is one of the issues that must be reviewed. A driver who was not wearing a seatbelt may have less control over the vehicle after suffering from an impact, resulting in a more severe collision and additional harm to passengers. In addition, a passenger’s decision not to wear a seatbelt may lead to that person becoming a dangerous projectile, increasing the harm suffered by other occupants in the car.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Fights on Behalf of Accident Victims
People are injured in serious car crashes every day throughout South Florida. Many times, these accidents lead to more serious injuries because of the decisions made by the driver and occupants of the vehicle. The Miami car accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has spent more than 30 years analyzing car accidents and discovering the evidence necessary to demonstrate liability for our clients’ injuries. Our commitment to clients and getting the right results for them has led to an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. The Miami Herald also has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work for you.