Which are you, Seatbelt or No Seatbelt?

Although we live in an era that amplifies the risks involved with not wearing a seatbelt, unfortunately some individuals still do not think to click in their belt when climbing in to a car.

Car manufacturers have had to install seatbelts since 1965 but the law requiring drivers to wear them did not come in to force for another 18 years. In 1991 the law changed again making it a legal requirement for adults to wear seatbelts in the back of cars or risk prosecution. However, if the risk of prosecution or, at the very least, points on your license isn’t enough, think about the consequences instead…

A recent incident in Dorset saw how a rear seat passenger caused the paralysis of the front seat passenger in the vehicle they were travelling in, simply because they made the decision not to wear a seatbelt. If the rear seat passenger had taken the time to apply their seatbelt instead of worrying about engaging in conversation or feeling squashed, the Claimant would not be facing a lifetime of paralysis.

Statistics suggest that an individual is twice as likely to die in a collision if they do not apply their seatbelt, with the opportunity for 300 lives being saved each year by taking that time to click in their belt. The Think! Campaign has aided with increasing the amount of seatbelt users but there are still too many deaths each year; deaths caused by a simple killer, which could be avoided.

Don’t run the risk of causing injury to those around you; spend two seconds and belt up.

If you have suffered an injury in a vehicle and you believe this was not your fault, contact our Personal Injury team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.  We have offices in Lincoln, Boston, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

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