Many tragic accidents can be avoided if seat belts were used to secure the occupants of a vehicle. Oftentimes if seat belts are used, they may be used improperly, causing greater risk for injury to the occupant. As a Detroit auto accidents attorney, I see way too many families whose lives have been forever altered due to a preventable accident.
Your Detroit Auto Accidents Attorney Explains How To Use Seat Belts And Laws Regarding Car Seats
Did you know that in Michigan, an officer may pull you over if they notice you are not wearing your seatbelt? So you may be doing the speed limit and following the traffic rules except for wearing a seatbelt and you may receive a ticket.
Michigan law requires all passengers aged eight to fifteen to buckle up no matter where they are seated in a vehicle. All front seat occupants must wear a seat belt. Additionally, all children younger than age four must ride in a child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle unless all the rear seats are already occupied by children four and under. In that case, they may ride in the front.
Children in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off. Additionally, children who are younger than eight and shorter than four feet nine inches tall must ride in a booster seat until they reach either the age or height requirement. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends infants stay rear-facing as long as possible, but at least until aged two.
No matter what the age, it is always important to make sure the seat belt is always properly fastened and lies in the proper position. With child safety seats, officials estimate more than 70 percent of seats are improperly installed.
If you or your loved one has suffered injuries in a serious accident, you want an experienced Detroit auto accidents attorney who can help you fight for fair compensation. Call today for your free, initial consultation.