The Connecticut State Police have long had a campaign called “Click It Or Ticket” encouraging all drivers on Connecticut’s roads to wear a seatbelt otherwise they can be cited. It’s also true that it is increasingly dangerous to not wear a seatbelt, in fact, in 2020 104 people lost their lives because they got into an auto accident when they weren’t wearing their seatbelt.
The thing about wearing a seatbelt is it is one of the few things that is just about guaranteed to protect you in the event of a car crash. Following the speed limit and avoiding driving while distracted are also great ways to keep yourself safe and avoid an injury or death. Wearing your seatbelt is your last line of defense in keeping you safe if you are involved in any level of a car accident.
When thinking about wearing your seatbelt here are some things to keep in mind;
- Don’t start driving until your seatbelt is securely fastened
- Insure that your seatbelt is properly fashioned and there is no “give” in the belt
- Do not start driving until all passengers are safely fastened in with their seatbelt on
- Help children with their seatbelt if it is required, BEFORE you start driving
It may not seem complicated to keep yourself safe in the car and it really isn’t. Making sure that everyone in the car is safely buckled and is ready to go on a drive fully protected is one of your main jobs as the driver of the vehicle. If a passenger refuses to wear a seatbelt it is within your rights to have them get out of your car or to not drive until they are buckled. After all, not only could they get hurt, but you could also get cited for not requiring them to wear a seatbelt in the car.
Wearing your seatbelt is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe in the event of getting into a New Have auto accident. This summer, and always, make sure you and your passengers are protected and staying safe so you can have a fun time without fear of getting injured or worse.
Our offices are here to help if you are injured in an auto accident. We have a team of experienced attorneys who can review your case and work to protect your long-term interests. If you are injured, contact us and we will get to work on your behalf right away.