Michigan has enacted laws requiring drivers and front-seat passengers to wear
� 257.710(e). If you are injured in an accident but you were not wearing
your seatbelt at the time of the collision, insurance companies and their
defense lawyers will attempt to argue that you would not have been injured -
either not at all or significantly less so - if you were properly buckled in. In
making this argument, the defense seeks to prove that you were "comparatively
negligent" in causing the injuries that were suffered during an accident. To
use this defense, however, the other driver's insurance company must prove that
your unbuckled seatbelt contributed to, or was a cause of your injuries.
Many cases arise where serious damages are suffered by an accident victim who is
not wearing a seatbelt. In some of these cases, a person is ejected altogether
from the vehicle. At Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C. , we seek every means
available when appropriate to attempt to prove that your injuries were caused by
the negligent driver, not from your own failure to wear a seatbelt. Working
together with expert biomechanical engineers and accident reconstructionists, we
are often able to demonstrate that serious injuries - and often worse injuries -
would have occurred even if a seatbelt was worn at the time of an accident.
Knowing who to contact and how to go about proving the cause of injury in these
difficult cases enables us to make a difference for our clients in need of
substantial compensation for serious injuries. Of course, you should always use
your seat belt for safety reasons as well as legal ones.
In all automobile accident cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly
to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable
physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you
or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, call Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C.
now at (616) 458-2464 or Toll Free: (800) 272-4080 or CLICK
HERE TO SUBMIT A SIMPLE CASE FORM. The initial consultation is free of
charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee
basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary
award or recovery of funds. Don�t delay! You may have a valid claim and be
entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before
the statute of limitations expires.