By: Matthew Tievsky
There's no doubt that wearing a seat belt can save your life, and we
recommend in the strongest terms that you always buckle up. It's never
worth risking your health just for the little extra effort it takes to
secure yourself by using your seat belt. Not only that, but
Maryland law requires you to buckle up, and you can be fined up to $50 for failing to do so. (This is found in
Maryland Code, Transportation Article, Section 22-412.3.).
That said, if you are in a
car accident and you are hurt by someone else's negligence, and you were not wearing
a seat belt, this should not stop you from bringing a personal injury
claim. In fact, the same Maryland law says that choosing not to use a
cannot be used against you at trial in an auto accident lawsuit.
There's good reason for this law: Although it's generally prudent
to wear a seat belt, you should not be punished for someone else's
negligence, just because you didn't take every possible precaution
ahead of time to avoid injury. The main responsibility for your injury
lies with the person who hurt you, not you yourself.
If you have any questions about what you are legally entitled to recover
after an auto accident, you should
contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.