Personal Injury Blog

Seat Belts and Maryland Auto Accidents

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.).Seat Belts and Auto Accidents

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 seat belt 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.