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Not Buckling Up Can Cost You in More Ways Than One

Thomas Wayne Griffin is dead following a single car crash in Bristol, FL. Griffin, 52, was driving west on County Road 67 when his car veered sharply off the road, hitting several trees in the process. Thomas’ car ultimately flipped over and he was thrown from the vehicle.

Florida State Troopers report that Griffin was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. Under Florida law, all drivers and passengers in the front seat of a car must wear a seat belt. In addition, passengers under 16, sitting in the back seat must wear seat belts as well. Fines up to $30 can be imposed on those who do not wear seat belts. However, a fine may not be the only cost of not buckling up in the Sunshine State. Seat belts save thousands of lives each year. Whether you were wearing your seat belt when you got into an accident can determine the outcome of an accident and the claim for damages that may follow it.

Florida law allows for comparative negligence to be considered when awarding damages in a motor vehicle accident. This means if you were partially at fault in an accident, then you may lose part of your award. Those who fail to wear a seat belt during an accident in Florida may be held partially responsible for their own injuries. Insurance companies can argue that since you did not wear a seat belt, your injuries were either worse than they might have been otherwise, or entirely your own fault. In these cases, courts may choose to reduce or even eliminate the amount of money you are awarded following a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident here in Florida, it is important that you speak with a car accident lawyer right away. Even if you were not wearing your seat belt at the time of the accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages as a result of the accident. The insurance companies have high-powered lawyers working hard to deny you the money you need to recover. Therefore, you need a well-qualified injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A. to fight for your rights under the law.

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