Car accidents and seat belt safety law

The law in the UK states seatbelts must be worn if fitted in motor vehicles. It was brought into force over 30 years ago, to reduce the severity of injuries sustained in car accidents. It is the personal responsibility of those passengers over the age of fourteen to wear their seatbelt.

There are a number of positive reasons for wearing your seatbelt:

  • To avoid on the spot fines of 100, and a maximum fine of 500 if caught not wearing a seatbelt whilst driving
  • To avoid affecting claims against car insurance cover
  • To avoid the driver and passengers sustaining serious injuries during an accident
  • To avoid the driver and passengers sustaining minor injuries during an accident

Seatbelt safety
Since the introduction of the seatbelt law, the amount of hospital admissions following car accidents has decreased. Also, fewer severe personal injuries have been reported as a result of road accidents. But it appears that some drivers are still not wearing their seatbelts and as a result are sustaining the worst injuries post car accident.

Our services following a car accident
We advise that both drivers and passengers wear their seatbelts while on the road to reduce the chance of personal injury. If you have been involved in a car accident and would like to claim personal injury compensation we can offer expert legal advice on the situation you've found yourself in, and advise on the consequences what the consequences of you or another person involved in the accident, not wearing their seatbelt may be. We also offer a vehicle replacement service and vehicle repair service in order to get you back on the road quicker.

For more information about car accident claims call: 0800 78 38 846 or click here to contact us online.



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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.