In 1982, only 11 percent of Americans wore seat belts. A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that now, about 85 percent of all American adults wear seatbelts, according to Businessweek. This increase in seatbelt use correlates with a steady decrease in motor vehicle injuries and fatalities over the past couple of years. New Jersey ranks among the few states with a high 90 percent seatbelt use rate. However, despite this decrease in traffic fatalities, car crashes remain the top cause of death for young people aged 5 to 34.
New Jersey’s seat belt law is Statute 39:3-76.2f. It requires all drivers and front seat passengers to wear a seat belt. Legislation passed in January 2010 requires all backseat passengers to also wear a seat belt. Additionally, the driver is responsible for making sure all occupants in the vehicle under the age of 18 are wearing a seat belt.
While wearing a seat belt can greatly reduce one’s chances of being seriously injured if involved in a New Jersey car accident, it cannot prevent all traffic fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Additionally, there are circumstances where seat belts fail to work properly in a car crash. If you have been injured in an accident despite wearing a seat belt or if the seat belt you were wearing failed to work, it may be in your best interest to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Princeton auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein would like to remind you to wear a seat belt whenever you are in a car. If you are injured in a car accident in New Jersey, do not hesitate to call 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal options. We always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.