Statistics show that seat belt use can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45%, and rick of moderate to critical injury by 50%. For vans and SUVs, rear-seat seat belts are 73% better at preventing fatalities.

When do I need a seat belt?

The answer is: almost always!

The Florida law requires all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt while a vehicle is in motion. The few exceptions include:

  • Individuals carrying a physician’s certificate explaining why the seatbelt is not worn.
  • Newspaper delivery drivers.
  • School buses purchased new prior to December 31, 2000.
  • Public transportation for compensation.
  • Farm equipment.
  • Trucks over 26,000 pounds.

What are the fines?

The ticket is $30 for first offenders and $60 for a child that is improperly restrained.

Why are they so darn important?

Seat belts can save lives. They prevent you from:

  • Being ejected from a vehicle.
  • Being thrown against other passengers, the steering wheel or the windshield.
  • Being taken away from behind the wheel, where you are in control of the vehicle.
  • Airbags are no substitute for seat belts.

Stay safe and always wear your seat belt. While seat belt cannot prevent all dangers of the road, they greatly reduce the risk of injury and even death.

Call us today at 1-800-INJURED, so we can get you the right Miami car accident attorney, or anywhere in Florida, to make the process stress-free.


Category: Car Accidents