The Importance of Seat Belts
The numbers are grim: about 40,000 Americans die in auto accidents each year. In about half of these cases, seat belts could have prevented death. Many people consider seat belts a nuisance, or worry that they might get trapped in their car due to their seat belt, but these safety restraints are the most essential safety device in your car. The fact is that any driver or passenger’s chance of death or serious injury is much higher if they travel without wearing their seat belt.
Unfortunately, sometimes seat belts can fail to protect you in the event of an auto accident if they are defective or suffer a malfunction. If you have experienced additional pain and suffering in a car accident as a result of a defective seat belt, contact a knowledgeable Wisconsin auto defect attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.
Wisconsin Seat Belt Laws
In Wisconsin, seat belts must be worn by all passengers over the age of four at all times, no matter what seat they are occupying. Children four and under must be in an appropriate child car seat when traveling in an automobile. Law enforcement officers may fine drivers and other passengers who are 16 and older for not wearing seat belts. Drivers who have unrestrained passengers under the age of 16 also face stiffer fines.
It is essential that seat belts are worn as intended: snugly fitted to the body with the shoulder strap in the appropriate position. Should an accident occur, this allows for the stress of the impact to be largely absorbed by the hips and shoulders, which can handle more force than vital organs.
Wearing seat belts properly and at all times can reduce your risk of being harmed in an auto accident, but it does not eliminate all chance of injury and certainly does not stop accidents from happening. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident due to a faulty seat belt call the Wisconsin seat belt defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.