One person is killed on Arizona roads every nine hours. While many of these fatalities result from speeding, impairment, or other reckless driving activities, a significant number of motor vehicle deaths result from lack of seatbelt usage. Unfortunately, although it only takes a few seconds to strap on a seatbelt, statistics show that this simple action is often ignored. Now more than ever Arizona road safety advocates are pushing for a legal changes in order to protect drivers and passengers alike. Specifically, they are launching a campaign that urges states like Arizona to take action and responsibility for lives on the road by implementing stricter and more comprehensive legislation.
Arizona has recently had a spike in fatalities that have increased by 7% since 2015. The fact that Arizona is one of about twenty states that do not have a rear seatbelt law in effect undoubtedly contributes to this increase. However, it is evident that many of these fatalities would be wholly avoidable if Arizona would simply implement its own rear seatbelt laws. One telling statistic from the Governors Office of Highway Safety indicates that 87% of drivers wear their seatbelts in adherence with Arizona’s seatbelt laws. It is not a stretch to say that a similar percentage of backseat passengers would follow suit if the law required them to do so.
As Arizona Injury Lawyers, our job is to be there for you in the event that you suffer personal injuries. However, at Torgenson Law, we also strive to do our part in helping Arizona residents avoid personal injuries altogether. It goes without saying, that you should always wear a seatbelt when you are driving or riding in a vehicle. For one, your seatbelt could be the difference between life and death. Also, you are less likely to suffer major injuries if you are strapped to your seat. Furthermore, it is important to remember that Arizona is a comparative negligence state. This means that in the event that you are injured in a car crash, your personal injury damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Insurance companies and Arizona juries are less likely to grant you the compensation you deserve if it turns out you were not following vehicle safety regulations or otherwise contributed to your injuries by not wearing a seatbelt. So, regardless of whether Arizona chooses to adopt rear seatbelt laws, you should never have to think twice about wearing your seatbelt at all times.
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car crash it is important to obtain experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. At Torgenson Law, we handle car crash cases every day, and we are the best at what we do. Do not hesitate to submit your case on our website or call at (602) 759-0012 for a free review, and as always, remember to buckle up!