A recent editorial from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) focused on the need to change Georgia’s seatbelt laws. The author urged Georgia to adopt a law which would require adults in the back of cars to wear seat belts. Georgia is one of 28 states without such a law already on the books. Georgia also has high rates of death among passengers who are not restrained by seat belts at the time when collisions occur.
If an accident happens and a victim is not wearing a seatbelt, the risk of a serious injury or death significantly increases. While it could be argued that the victim should have been buckled up, this does not prevent the injured victim or his family from making a claim for damages.
If the crash caused injury and someone else was to blame for it, the person hurt or the family of the person killed can still hold the responsible party accountable for losses- regardless of seatbelt status. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims to pursue claims to get compensation when damages occurred.