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Importance of Safety Belts to Prevent Injury in Los Angeles Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute provides that the state of California had 1,807 fatalities [1] caused by single vehicle accidents in 2013. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts [2] provides that in fatal crashes in 2012, 79 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed. Ejection from the vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in an accident. In passenger cars, 18 percent of fatally injured occupants were ejected (totally or partially) from the vehicle, while 34 percent of those killed in light trucks were ejected. The report further states that seat belts are effective in preventing total ejections. Lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent. In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives of passenger vehicle occupants.

California Safety Belt Rules

California seat belt law is described in section 27315 of the Vehicle Code and provides that, in a private passenger vehicle, the driver and all passengers are required to be secured by a safety belt. Section 27360 of the Vehicle Code spells out the requirements for very young children. Under this statute, children must ride in the back seat of the vehicle and be in a child safety seat, unless they are age six or older or weigh 60 pounds or more.

Los Angeles Automobile Accident Lawyers

It is important for all drivers and passengers to use safety belts in order to remain safe, to reduce the risk of injury or death in a vehicle accident and to fully comply with the terms of the California Safety Belt Law. Even if you are wearing a safety belt, you may be involved in a vehicle accident and sustain serious injuries. If that occurs to yourself or someone you know, it is important to speak to a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney. The Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC, APC has represented victims of vehicle accidents all over the state of California and offers free initial consultations on these matters. We never charge a fee unless and until money is recovered for the victim or the victim’s family.

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I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
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Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
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Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
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Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
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I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.