Wearing a seat belt just got more important, not only to protect you from injuries in a car wreck but to protect your legal rights as well. Did you know the Idaho legislature again voted in favor of insurance companies and against injured people? As of July 1, 2014, if are involved in an accident and suffer injuries but are not wearing your seat belt, the insurance company can try and use that against you, even if the accident was not your fault. So, if a mother attending to a child takes off her seat belt, even if only for a moment, and is hit by a drunk driver and severely injured, the insurance company can try and pin the injuries on her. Take a look at Idaho Code Sec. 6-1608! http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title6/T6CH16SECT6-1608.htm
At Caldwell Law Group, we believe seat belt use is an important technology for reducing injuries. But now, the insurance companies will use this technology as a tool for reducing responsibility for the injuries their insured’s cause. In short, the insurance companies will now point the finger at you if you don’t have your seat belt on. So, buckle up.