On any given day, you can read the news to find a story about a car accident where someone was seriously injured or killed because they were not wearing their seat belt. You may have heard that seat belts save lives so many times that it does not affect you much. However, it’s true: wearing your seat belt is not only the law in Wisconsin, but it will save your life in the event of a car accident. They are the single most effective deterrent to suffering serious injury in an accident.
The proper seat belt is one that fits across your shoulder, as well as your lap. In Wisconsin, all occupants who are eight-years-old or older must wear a seat belt. Children younger than this, or less than 80 pounds or 57 inches, must be restrained in an infant seat or child safety seat.
In the event of a car accident, the seat belt keeps occupants from being thrown around inside the vehicle at the time of a collision. They restrain people within their seat, so that even a rear-end car accident in which whiplash is likely to occur, they will not suffer more serious injury.
If you have questions about seat belts and car accidents, or have been injured in a car accident in the Madison, Wisconsin area, please contact Boller & Vaughan to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.