Facts about seatbelts and how to avoid a whiplash injury
Although wearing a seatbelt may not be completely able to prevent you from suffering a whiplash injury in Bodelwyddan, it can be used to prevent your whiplash injury in Bodelwyddan from being too serious. Wearing a seatbelt will also protect you from various other injuries which could be even more serious, or even fatal.
It is a legal requirement in the UK for every person in a moving vehicle to be wearing a seatbelt, and if you are caught driving without wearing one you could have to pay a fine or even lose your driving licence.
Important facts about seatbelts
- All drivers and passengers must have their seatbelt securely fastened before the vehicle starts to move, and must not unbuckle their seatbelt until the vehicle has stopped completely.
- Any child passengers should be wearing appropriate seat restraints or have a booster seat which makes the seatbelt suitable for them. Putting a small child in a regular seatbelt offers little to no protection.
- You must wear a seatbelt in all types of vehicle, including minibuses, taxis and coaches.
- Luggage should also be strapped down or kept in the boot so that it cannot fly through the car in the case of an accident. Loose luggage could cause serious injuries.
- Pregnant women should wear the middle part of their seatbelt across their lap and not across their bump, as this would not provide adequate protection and could harm the child.
- Children should never share a seatbelt with an adult. Even if the belt is across both child and adult, it does not provide adequate protection for both the child and the adult, and the child is likely to be thrown from the lap of the adult.
- Babies may be killed in an accident if placed in a backwards-facing child seat with an airbag in front. Turn off airbags if children are travelling in the passenger seat.
Making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you are involved in an accident and are not wearing your seatbelt, you may not be able to claim on the other driver’s insurance or make a compensation claim for a whiplash injury in Bodelwyddan, even if the accident was the fault of the other driver. If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Bodelwyddan and were wearing your seatbelt, find out if you are entitled to compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and talking to our team about what happened to decide whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. The helpline will team you up with a professional injury lawyer who will help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 30th April 2014
Author: David Brown