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Georgia Seatbelt Laws Protect Those Who Are Cautious

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 23,640 fatalities on Georgia's highways between 1994 and 2008. The most urban area, Fulton County, had 124 deaths. Clayton County highways were ranked third in the greatest number of fatalities with 48. Georgia ranked in the top 20 states for highway fatalities.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after a car accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Clayton County you should discuss your case with a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to Georgia law, an accident victim who was not at fault for the accident is protected from any blame for his injuries even if he was not wearing a seatbelt. This is because Georgia law does not want to burden juries with the responsibility of determining the extent of an accident victim's injuries in relation to a seatbelt's use (or lack thereof).

Georgia is one of 32 states with standard seatbelt laws, also known as primary belt laws. In a standard seatbelt law state, a law enforcement officer may stop a vehicle and issue a citation if the officer observes an unbelted passenger. Secondary enforcement laws are those where an officer may issue a seatbelt citation only after stopping a vehicle for another offense.

According to AAA, standard seatbelt laws are more persuasive than secondary laws for people to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelt use reduces accident-related injuries and fatalities by 50 percent.  

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia