Personal injury attorneys work hard to protect the rights of every Charlotte, NC passenger and occupant in private and public vehicles. Passenger and occupant safety needs to be a top priority for every motorist; whether you are a driver or a passenger. Protecting yourself in the event of a crash is extremely critical. When you take control of the wheel, you are not just responsible for your own safety. You are also responsible for the safety of your passengers as well. Your passengers are counting on you to get them to their destination they’re going safely and in one piece.
In addition to practicing safe-driving habits, you are expected to insist that your passengers wear seat belts, even if it’s just a short trip. This is the most effective way to protect you and every passenger is to buckle up. Properly wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way to improve everyone’s safety in the event of a crash. Always insist on your passengers buckling up too. It is your duty to drive safely, and every passenger should want a safe outcome in the event of an accident. Since new cars provide crumple free zones, this in addition to seatbelts makes driving and riding safer than ever before.
When your passengers are children
There is no reason why a child should be riding in a car without a proper car seat or restraint system. Parents, caregivers, and baby sitters are required to make sure that they are using the age and size appropriate seats for younger children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) establishes standards and publishes up-to-date information on size guidelines for age and weight appropriate child safety seats.
When Passenger Occupants Get Injured
When they are negligent or careless, the driver can be held liable when passengers get injured in a crash. Motorists should never engage in dangerous behavior such as texting while driving, or driving while impaired. Buckling your seatbelt is crucial, but it is no guarantee that you will not be injured in a crash. The technology and safety standards may be higher, but remember, the goal is to help passengers and drivers to survive crashes. This means that it is possible that even when properly buckled in, severe car accidents can leave drivers and/or passengers in the hospital with devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an unsafe driver, contact an experienced Charlotte personal injury attorney for a consultation.
Speak with one of the top car accident attorneys in Charlotte, NC
Even if you are not sure that you have a case, you have nothing to lose by seeking advice from a car accident injury attorney from the Olive Law Firm. They have been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. Consultations are free and you never pay a fee until you have won your case. Consult with a car personal injury attorney from the Olive law Firm in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, NC, as well as the surrounding areas.