Breaking Down Michigan’s Seatbelt Law
According to Michigan.gov:
Michigan has a primary seat belt law, which means law enforcement can stop and ticket motorists solely for not being buckled up.
The law requires:
- Passengers 8-15 to buckle up in all seating positions
- Drivers and front seat passengers to be buckled up
Michigan’s child passenger safety law requires:
- Children younger than age 4 to ride in a car seat in the rear seat if the vehicle has a rear seat. If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat. A child in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off.
- Children to be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9-inches tall. Children must ride in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.
The law does NOT apply to:
- A motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1965.
- A motor vehicle operated by a rural carrier of the United States postal service while serving his or her rural postal route.
Failure to comply with the law is a civil infraction.
Goodwin & Scieszka wants to remind all drivers to wear their seatbelts. Did you know that failure to wear a seatbelt in a negligence action could reduce your recovery up to 5%? That means that if you’re injured as a result of someone else’s negligent driving, then you will recover up to 5% less that what you’re entitled to because you weren’t wearing your seatbelt.
Having defended Michigan car, truck, and motorcycle accident claims in Detroit, Southfield, Flint, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Bloomfield Hills, Sterling Heights, Macomb, and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, our firm understands the importance of wearing a seatbelt. It will significantly reduce your likelihood of an injury.
So, if you’ve been injured in Detroit or Metro Detroit in a car accident, then go where there’s over 30 years of recognized experience. You don’t pay until we successfully litigate or settle your claim.
We use our blog to minimize the very injuries we so often defend. So remember, buckle up! It’s the law.