By: Demetriona Bray and Cheryl Kelly
“Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.”- unknown. Think about it like this… If the seatbelt was never invented, the number of deaths caused by vehicle accidents would sky-rocket every year. Though this should encourage people to wear seatbelts, many people do not wear them. The most common excuses for not wearing a seatbelt include that they are uncomfortable and will harm instead of help someone in the event of an accident. Contrary to those beliefs, statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety prove that it is indeed necessary to wear seatbelts as it minimizes injuries or the result of death in an accident. Next time you get in the car, please buckle up for your safety. Below are a few things to consider before deciding not to wear a seatbelt while your vehicle is in motion. The benefits of wearing a seatbelt definitely outweigh the cost of not wearing a restraint.
When should I wear a seatbelt? According to the Center for Disease Control, properly using a seatbelt is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries on the road. Seat belts prevent people of all ages from serious injuries, and even ejecting from the car in an accident. Therefore, anytime a vehicle is in motion, drivers and all passengers should wear seatbelt restraints for precaution even if driving cautiously within the speed limit.
When must I wear a seatbelt? According to Georgia law, seatbelts must be worn by the driver and passenger(s) in the front seat of a vehicle regardless of age. Additionally, passengers under the age of 18 must wear proper seatbelt restraints regardless of where they are seated in a vehicle. Children under 8 years old must be restrained in the appropriate car seat or booster seat, unless the child is over the height of 4’9”.
What Happens If I don’t wear a seatbelt? The main consequence of not complying with seatbelt rules is that it could cost your life in the event of an accident. However, if you are pulled over by a police officer in the State of Georgia without wearing a seatbelt, you will likely face a $15 fine as well as 3 points being added to your driving record, which could lead to license suspension.
Whether you decide to buckle up for safety or not after reading this is your prerogative.
However, seatbelts are more comfortable than a hospital bed… or a casket.
If you are injured in an auto accident regardless of whether or not you are wearing a seatbelt, you could be entitled to a lot of money. To discuss your case with us and learn whether the insurance company owes you BIG, contact our office as soon as possible.