Car accident claims in Erskine are usually made by people who were wearing seat-belts at the time of the accident. If they weren’t, their injuries may have been more serious, or could have even proved fatal. Not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident could compromise any claim you may be considering making.
Interesting facts about seat-belt law
Wearing a seat belt has become an automatic, everyday part of getting into a car. Many of today’s car travellers have never known any different. The seat belt law first came into force on 31 January 1983. It only related to the front seats of a car. It became law in the back seats for children in 1989. In 1991 it became mandatory for all passengers. Here are some interesting facts about seat-belts:
- If you’re involved in an RTA you are twice as likely to be fatally injured if you don’t wear a seatbelt.
- Younger drivers and passengers between the ages of 17 and 34 have the highest accident incidence rates. They are also the group guiltiest of not wearing seat belts.
- Evidence suggests that some people do not wear seat belts on short or familiar journeys. This significantly increases their risk of being seriously injured.
If you are caught not wearing a seatbelt, you may face an on the spot fine. The standard sum of the fine is £100, but if you are prosecuted, the fine could rise to £500. There are some exceptions to seatbelt law.
Exceptions to seat-belt wearing law
There are some instances when it is permissible not to wear a seatbelt. These include:
- If you are a driver or a driving instructor supervising a learner driver in reversing
- In vehicles which are used by the emergency services, including fire, police, and rescue.
- If you are a passenger travelling in the trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault
- If you’re driving a commercial delivery vehicle, where stops are no more than 50 metres apart.
- If you are a licensed taxi driver who is either “lit for hire” or carrying fare-paying passengers
Some people are exempted from having to wear seat belts on medical grounds. If your doctor advises that you should not wear a seatbelt, he/she will issue you with a “Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seatbelt Wearing.” If you have such certificate, you must carry it with you in your vehicle and show it to the police if you are stopped. You must also tell your motor insurance company.
Registering car accident claims in Erskine through AAH
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the nation’s favourite injury claim solicitors, covering all sorts of injuries included those sustained in road traffic accidents. Using our services, to launch a car accident claims in Erskine (or anywhere else in the UK) entitles you to:
- Protection under our no win no fee system – recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Use of our 30 second automated HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 180 4123 from landlines – 0333 500 0992 from mobiles
Date Published: 25th November 2014