Always wear a seat belt in the car - even as a passenger

For decades, common knowledge in the State of Texas has held that your use or disuse of a seat belt cannot be addressed by the defense in an accident injury case.  Most Texans have operated under old knowledge. It is true that until very recently the lack of seatbelt use could not be used to demonstrate negligence on the part of the injured person.

THE QUESTION: I was in a car acccident and suffered injuries and property damage. The insurance adjuster asked me if I was wearing my seatbelt during the accident, but the wreck was not my fault. Will the fact that I was not wearing a seatbelt affect my case? 

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You should never give a recorded statement to an insurance company without first consulting an attorney. Following an automobile accident, you are dealing with a flurry of medical bills and repair decisions on your vehicle. Speaking with an insurance adjuster or company representative may seem like another routine part of the process, but it is not.

Without prior experience, it is difficult to know what to expect if you are a part of a personal injury case. Each case is different, and each case has its own set of twists and turns. A good attorney is a necessity to navigate the process. For more information, contact our law firm.

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