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Can I be compensated for my auto accident injuries if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Firm News

Broken car in an accident.
Yes, you can be compensated for your auto accident injuries even if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt.

Pennsylvania’s seatbelt law is found at 75 Pa. C.S.A. Section 4581 of the Vehicle Code. It makes seatbelt use in the Commonwealth mandatory HOWEVER it precludes evidence of a violation of the seatbelt requirement in any civil action, including your personal injury case.

Specifically, subsection (e) of the Vehicle Code provides, “In no event shall a violation or alleged violation of this subchapter be used as evidence in a trial of any civil action; nor shall any jury in a civil action be instructed that any conduct did constitute or could be interpreted by them to constitute a violation of this subchapter…”.

Of course, this law does not preclude the injured driver to testify that he or she had their seatbelt on.

If you have been injured in a car accident or sustained a personal injury due to another’s negligence, contact Wes at Kocsis Law Office PC for a FREE injury consultation. Call Kocsis Law Office PC at 570-888-7709 or send an email to [email protected] to schedule your FREE consultation. Home and hospital visits are available if you are injured.

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