Michiganders, Wear Your Seatbelts
So long as you don’t fall within any of Michigan’s seatbelt exemptions, you must wear your seatbelt. Why? Because it’s the law. Here are the very, very narrow circumstances in which you don’t have to wear a seatbelt:
(1) This section does not apply to an operator or passenger of any of the following:
(a) A motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1965.
(b) A bus.
(c) A motorcycle.
(d) A moped.
(e) A motor vehicle if the operator or passenger possesses a written verification from a physician that the operator or passenger is unable to wear a safety belt for physical or medical reasons.
(f) A motor vehicle that is not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law.
(g) A commercial or United States postal service vehicle that makes frequent stops for the purpose of pickup or delivery of goods or services.
(h) A motor vehicle operated by a rural carrier of the United States postal service while serving his or her rural postal route.
(2) This section does not apply to a passenger of a school bus.
Basically, if you’re in a car, then you have to buckle up. It could save your life. Not to mention, thanks to the statute, the 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%.
That means that if you have to sue someone totally at fault for your accident, your claim can be reduced because you didn’t buckle up.
If you’ve been injured in an car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. Even bicyclists and pedestrians have legal rights which entitle them to financial awards. Don’t fight alone and don’t wait to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Call Goodwin & Scieszka today.