Florida Seat Belt Laws
Before you decide to seek legal assistance, it is recommended to make sure you followed the Florida laws regarding the use of seat belts. If you find out that you and your passengers abided the rules, yet you still sustained injuries following a car accident, do not hesitate to contact our law firm.
Seat belts are some of the most important safety features protecting occupants during car accidents. Because of their tremendous significance, the design and assembly of seat belts are strictly regulated by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 209 and 210, Seat Belt Assemblies and Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.
These regulations create a responsibility for automobile manufacturers to produce vehicles equipped with adequate seat belts which provide effective protection at the time of a potential accident. Consequently, if manufacturers fail to meet these standards, they can be held liable for injuries and other damages suffered by the occupants of defective vehicles.
Every year, over 50% of people killed in automobile accidents in Florida were not wearing a seatbelt. The Florida Safety Belt Law applies to any car, pickup truck and van manufactured after 1968 which operates on Florida roads and states the following:
- All front seat passengers must wear seatbelts.
- All passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt or be restrained by a child car seat.
It is illegal to drive a vehicle if all the passengers do not meet these requirements. Children should always be placed in the back seat because it offers more protection in the case of a car crash, which also prevents the dangers associated with front-seat airbags. The driver should always buckle up the child, as it is their responsibility. The law exempts the following from the car seat belt requirements:
- Any person qualified for a medical exemption
- School buses and other similar bus transport services
- Employees of a newspaper delivery company who are delivering on home routes
- Farm and agricultural equipment
How Can The Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Defective Seat Belt Case?
In the regrettable event you were the victim of a car accident and sustained injuries due to a defective seat belt, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our attorney as soon as possible.
As a thorough examination of the circumstances in which the accident occurred is necessary, the legal process will take time, so it is best if you contact us immediately after the car accident took place.
Our experts will recreate the accident to detect the cause of your injury, while our attorney and his legal team will take care of the necessary documents to build your case.
Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only be required to provide us with documents such as a copy of the accident report, documents regarding the purchase of the vehicle or the seat belts, pictures taken at the scene of the crash and a copy of your medical records. Afterwards, we will promptly take over and strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation you are eligible for.