We all know seatbelts save lives, but not everyone is in the habit of buckling up every time they get in a car. This is true whether you are driving, or are a passenger in someone else’s car. In order to help promote safe driving habits and reduce the number of injuries that are caused by failing to “click it”, many states have implemented seatbelt laws. The specifics of these laws vary from state to state, and it is important to know what is required in your jurisdiction so you can comply.
In Minnesota, the seatbelt laws are as follows:
- The law is a primary law, which means that you can be pulled over and given a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt. In other states the law is secondary, which means that you only receive a ticket for not using your seatbelt if you are pulled over for another offense. Making the law primary gives law enforcement more latitude to write tickets for not wearing seatbelts, and hopefully doing so will cut down on the number of injuries when accidents happen.
- The law applies to drivers, passengers, front seat riders, and those in the backseat.
- For children that are not yet old enough or big enough to be seated without a child safety seat, it is against the law to allow those kids to ride without being restrained in the proper car or booster seat.
Benefits to wearing your seatbelt include keeping you in your seat, rather than through the window, if you are in an accident. Even with a seatbelt on, you can suffer injuries if you are in a wreck. Thus, another benefit is that if you do happen to get into an accident and the other driver was at fault, the fact you had your seatbelt on will help you to reach a full and fair compensation for your injuries. Our approach is to fight for every bit of compensation you need to reach a full recovery, and get you back on your feet after an accident. Contact our office for a review of your case.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.