Wearing a seat belt in a car can greatly reduce of serious injuries if you are involved in a car accident that was the fault of someone else, and in fact they half your risk of being killed in a road traffic accident.
They first became law in the front of cars in 1983, and then after much campaigning by our patron and the UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, it became law in 1989 to have them in the back of cars for children. This is not the only law that was changed because of Esther, children also have her to thank for their safer playground surfaces.
In 1991, it became law for all occupants of cars to wear seatbelts, and if you are caught not wearing one, there is an on-the-spot fine of up to £100.
Seatbelts, whiplash and Forest Heath car accident claims
Seatbelts actually make it more likely that you will sustain a whiplash injury in a car accident. They do a very good job of holding your body firmly in place, but let your head be thrown in any direction, which is what causes whiplash.
The headrests in cars should help to stop this happening, but research shows that most people either do not use them at all, or use them incorrectly. Carmakers are trying to come up with one that is more comfortable and more adjustable, so that fewer victims of road traffic accidents get a whiplash injury and make Forest Heath car accident claims.
But a whiplash injury is nothing compared to the injuries you could sustain if you do not wear your seatbelt, and you should wear it at all times.
Medical exceptions to wearing a seatbelt
Sometimes, doctors think it is unadvisable for a patient to wear a seat belt, and they can issue a certificate that gives exemption from the law. The patient must always have the certificate in their vehicle, in case the police stop them when they will need to show it. These certificates are not issued lightly though, as most doctors have seen the dire results of road traffic accidents, and understand why innocent victims make Forest Heath car accident claims.
Making your Forest Heath car accident claims
If you have sustained any type of injury from any type of accident that was not your own fault, some time in the last three years, you should be speaking to one of the largest specialist law firms in the UK, Accident Advice Helpline.
Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak with one of our friendly advisers about the situation you have found yourself in through the action of someone else. They will chat to you about the finer details of you accident and injuries, and then let you decide if you want to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 28th November 2014