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Car Accident Lawyers
Orlando & Winter Park, Florida
Seatbelts and Car Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 63 percent of all people killed in car accidents are not wearing a seatbelt. Under Florida law, all front seat occupants of a passenger vehicle must wear a seatbelt. In June of 2009, Florida became one of the first states in the nation to make not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense. This means that failure to wear your seatbelt is reason enough for a police officer to stop your car and issue a ticket.
The NHTSA estimates that nearly 10,000 people survive car accidents every year due to seatbelt usage, yet the data they collected showed that seatbelts were only used by 81 percent of all drivers. When you get into any vehicle, taking time to buckle up can save your life. However, even with the use of seatbelts, catastrophic personal injury in a car accident is a possibility.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you deserve aggressive representation from one of the Orlando car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz. We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Despite seatbelt use, the NHTSA reports that around 100,000 people sustain serious injury and another 4,100 die every year in car accidents. While the NHTSA does not collect data on defective seatbelts, over 1,000 recalls for defective seatbelts have been issued by auto manufacturers over the past decade.
Seatbelt defects result from issues such as design flaws, assembly errors, improper labeling, and insufficient directions. These seatbelt defects may result in serious injuries including:
- Head and neck injuries
- Chest injuries
- Injuries to upper and lower extremities
- Abdominal injuries
In cases involving defective seatbelts, you may be able to hold the auto manufacturer responsible for your injures. Our experienced Orlando car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and make sure all responsible parties are held accountable.
Please contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. today to schedule a free initial consultation. We serve clients in Orlando, Florida
- Law Office of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D.
- 2721 West Fairbanks Avenue #200 Winter Park, FL, 32789
- 1-800-516-2131 (toll free)
- 407-843-6353 (local)
- 407-740-7699 (fax)