Pennsylvania seatbelt use increasing

Pennsylvania takes seatbelt usage very seriously. That’s probably why 85 percent of people in Pennsylvania wear their seatbelt. That figure puts Pennsylvania at exactly the same percentage for seatbelt use nationwide, according to 2010 figures by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Seatbelt usage was not always so common. In 1994, only 58 percent of people nationwide wore seatbelts when riding in vehicles. Since then, seatbelt usage has steadily climbed every year for the past 16 years. Why the increase? Many believe it’s due to tougher seatbelt laws in many states. Pennsylvania has secondary enforcement seatbelt laws. This means police cannot pull someone over simply for not wearing their seatbelt in Pennsylvania. Police in Pennsylvania can only issue a $10 ticket for not wearing a seatbelt if there’s another traffic violation.

States with primary seatbelt laws (meaning police can stop someone simply for not wearing their seatbelt) report that 88 percent of motorists wear seatbelts. States without such laws report that 75 percent of motorists wear seatbelts.

Even though seatbelt usage is on the rise, seatbelts aren’t perfect. Sometimes, a defective design can affect a seatbelt’s ability to function properly. A young professional baseball player, Brian Cole, was killed when his Ford SUV rolled over and his seatbelt failed to keep him in the vehicle. An investigation found Cole was wearing his seatbelt. Recently, a jury ordered Ford to pay Cole’s family $131 million, claiming the seatbelt did not work right.

Accidents happen fast and your life can change in an instant, even when you take precautionary measures such as wearing your seatbelt. What would you do if you were injured? How would you pay your medical bills? What if your insurance company refused to cooperate? Knowing what to do can be confusing. You need someone who understands Pennsylvania’s legal system. You need someone who will demand justice. You need Metzger Wickersham.

Our lawyers have decades of experience successfully representing car accident victims in Pennsylvania. We know the scare tactics some insurance companies and car makers use to avoid paying victims. Show them you mean business by contacting Metzger Wickersham today.

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