How to Get the Most out of Your Detroit or Metro Detroit Car Accident Recovery: Why You Should Wear a Seatbelt

How to Get the Most out of Your Detroit or Metro Detroit Car Accident Recovery: Why You Should Wear a Seatbelt

by / Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

illustration of yellow diamond street sign that reads click it or ticket with a buckled seatbelt in the foreground

Do you have to wear a seatbelt in Michigan? Yes. Why? Because it’s the law: click it or ticket.

257.710e. Safety belt usage; exclusions; enforcement; evidence of negligence; violations

Failure to wear a safety belt in violation of this section may be considered evidence of negligence and may reduce the recovery for damages arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or operation of a motor vehicle. However, that negligence shall not reduce the recovery for damages by more than 5%.

Did you read that? If you are involved in a car accident, and you were NOT wearing your seatbelt, then your damage recovery can be reduced by up to 5%.

According to, which is the national organization for youth safety:

  • Research has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
  • Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes in 2008, 77% of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed.

It’s harder to make a good argument why someone shouldn’t wear a seatbelt while driving.

Our firm utilizes our blog to reduce the very injuries we often defend. Having litigated car, motorcycle, and truck accidents in Detroit and Metro Detroit for over the last 30 years, our firm has seen the immense devastation that not wearing a seatbelt can cause.

We would like to remind all drivers that they should comply with Michigan’s seatbelt law and ensure that everyone in their vehicle is also buckled up. It ensures that if you are in any sort of accident, then you’ll get the greatest recovery and significantly increase the likelihood that you’ll walk away unharmed.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, then our firm is here for you. You don’t pay until we collect from the person that injured you. Goodwin & Scieszka is a personal injury law firm in Southfield, Michigan that specializes in automobile accidents.

We’ve been battling for our clients for over 30 years in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Southfield, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Detroit, Southgate, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Huntington Woods, and their respective areas.

Now buckle up!

If you have been injured in any type of accident, contact us immediately by phone or email. You pay nothing until we take your case to trial or settle. With over 30 years of litigation experience representing the “little guy” against the largest insurance companies, corporations, and hospitals, we’ll get you the money you deserve.

Visit our website to find out more information on the services we provide and why we have been named Michigan Super Lawyers for the last six years and Dbusiness’s Top Lawyers for the last three. Whatever your accident or injury, we are ready to Win Your Case!

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