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Seat Belt Law and the Role of Seat Belts in New York Accidents

Seat belts are one of the simplest ways that any driver and passenger can help protect their life and physical well-being while on the road, not to mention the fact that seat belt use is mandatory under New York law. Not only will seat belts save your life, but failing to wear one could have a very negative impact on your ability to receive full compensation after you’ve been injured in a New York car accident.

Let our Bronx accident attorneys help

The personal injury lawyers at Kohn Law Firm have helped countless New York car accident victims obtain the compensation they deserved after an accident. If you’ve been hurt in a Bronx car accident, contact our office today to find out if we can help by filing a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Let our attorneys handle the hard work of seeking money damages for you, so that you can get back to recovering.

Seat belts and restraints are mandatory for children and adults

New York State mandates that both children and adults wear restraints while in the car. Adult front-seat passengers and drivers must wear seat belts at all times, and they can receive tickets should they fail to buckle up. Any child under 16 sitting in the back seat must also wear a seat belt or restraint. If a child under 16 isn’t either wearing a seat belt or buckled into an age-appropriate child restraint or booster seat, the driver can not only receive a ticket, but could also incur up to three points on their driver’s license.

The seat belt defense and its role in personal injury claims

New York is one of the country’s last remaining states to allow at-fault drivers to claim the so-called seat belt defense in lawsuits based on car accidents. Under this defense, the victim of a car accident who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash can be found to bear all or a portion of the cost of their injuries in a lawsuit based on that accident. However, with the help of a skilled attorney, accident victims can escape or reduce the effects of the seat belt defense by showing that their injuries would not have been prevented with the use of a seat belt. The accident victim lawyers at Kohn Law Firm are experienced in looking closely at the facts surrounding an accident, using those facts in court, and arguing persuasively for a victim’s right to damages after a crash. Contact our seasoned Bronx personal injury lawyers today for a no-cost consultation.

Help is Available after a Serious Bronx Car Accident

For assistance seeking money damages after a major New York traffic accident, contact the experienced and effective Bronx personal injury lawyers at the Kohn Law Firm, at 718-409-1200.

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