Can Whether I Wore a Seatbelt Effect My Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Absolutely. If you’re in a serious accident with a negligent driver and you were wearing your seatbelt, you have a much better chance of receiving full compensation for your injuries. If you were not wearing your seatbelt, even if the accident was 100% the other driver’s fault, then the compensation you receive could be greatly reduced or even completely eliminated if the plaintiff can prove that your injuries wouldn’t have been as bad, or wouldn’t have occurred at all, if you’d just been wearing your seatbelt. That means you won’t receive full compensation for things like current and future lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering – all because you didn’t wear a seatbelt.
Furthermore, if you were hurt by a negligent driver in a car accident and you need extensive medical care, those bills will add up quickly. You don’t have to worry if you have a legitimate claim and were wearing your seatbelt, but if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt and your compensation is reduced, then the financial impact on you and your family can be devastating. In fact, it’s reported that over half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. have resulted from medical bills. So even if your health isn’t that important to you, think about your bank account – and the impact it will have on you and your family if you’re financially wiped out.
If you’ve been seriously hurt in an auto collision and you did not have your seatbelt on, please call the skilled Glendale car accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices today. We are always available to answer your questions about a possible personal injury claim and to offer you top-notch legal guidance and advice. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation.