Seat Belt Issues
Ohio has enacted laws requiring drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. O.R.C. Ann. § 4513.26.3. If you are injured in an accident, but you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the collision, insurance companies and their defense lawyers may attempt to argue that you would not have been injured – either not at all or significantly less so – if you were properly buckled in. In Ohio, however, evidence of failure to wear a seat belt is inadmissible as evidence of comparative fault in auto accident cases. O.R.C. Ann. §4513.26.3. Of course, you should always use your seat belt for safety reasons as well as legal ones.
The attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group understand that no matter how cautious you are, others may not be so careful, and accidents do happen. So we hope you don’t need to, but if you are in a situation where you need the advice of an personal injury attorney, the Eshelman Legal Group is here to help you. For over 40 years we have been assisting accident victims, and we are here to assist you too... because “We’ll make things right.”
Ask yourself this question… who does the adjuster work for? The adjuster works for the insurance company, they do not work for you.