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What are New York’s Seat Belt Laws?

What are New York’s Seat Belt Laws?

October 25, 2023
Paul Ajlouny

Seat Belts are Meant to Keep You Safe

Seat belts are designed to keep you safe, and that’s why New York requires them. But wearing your seat belt doesn’t guarantee you won’t be injured by someone else’s negligence in a car accident.

Whether or not you were wearing a seat belt at the time of your accident, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and losses. Our attorneys have helped over 10,000 people to date, and we can help you too. Contact us today for a free consultation, or learn more about New York’s seat belt laws below.

Who Must Wear a Seat Belt in New York?

As of November 1, 2020, the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission states that every driver and passenger is required to buckle up. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where in the vehicle you are sitting. 

Adult drivers and passengers will be issued tickets. The parent present or the driver of the vehicle will receive the ticket if the offender is 16 or younger. Ultimately, cab and limo drivers are responsible for ensuring that everyone knows they should buckle up, but adults are ultimately responsible for themselves.

Common Injuries While Wearing a Seatbelt

There are many potentially serious injuries that can occur in a car accident even if you are wearing your seat belt. These include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Knee injuries

In addition, the National Library of Medicine reports that seat belts themselves can cause injury. These include:

  • Hip injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Bruised or broken ribs
  • Bowel injuries
  • Liver lacerations
  • Splien lacerations
  • Pancreas lacerations
  • Kidney injuries
  • Lumbar spine fractures

Some of these injuries can occur whether or not you are wearing a seat belt. It is very difficult to determine the exact cause and extent injuries would have if a seat belt is worn versus not being worn. It can also be difficult to determine whether or not a person was wearing a seat belt at the time of a car accident.

Let Ajlouny Injury Law Review Your Case

Are you being told you are partly to blame for your injuries because you weren’t wearing a seat belt? Is the person at fault for your accident claiming that you weren’t wearing a seat belt when you were? Let the experts at Ajlouny Injury Law review your case. 
Our attorneys have helped over 10,000 New Yorkers just like you. We may be able to help you too. Contact us today at (718) 233-3913 for a free consultation.

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