North Carolina Seat Belt Laws

Are back seat passengers required to wear a seat belt?

Back Seat Passengers

Car Seat Law

NC Safety Belt Laws


North Carolina law requires drivers, front-seat passengers over the age of 16, and all passengers under the age of 16 to wear seat belts. If you are injured in a Charlotte car accident but you were not wearing your seat belt at the time of 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 making this argument, the defense seeks to prove that you were “comparatively negligent” in causing the injuries that were suffered during an accident. To use this defense, however, the other driver’s insurance company must prove that your unbuckled seat belt contributed to or was the cause of your injuries.

The Charlotte auto accident attorneys seek every means available when appropriate to attempt to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligent driver, not by your own failure to wear a seat belt. Working together with bio-mechanical engineers and accident re-constructionists, we are often able to demonstrate that serious or catastrophic injuries would have occurred even if a seat belt had been worn at the time of your Charlotte auto accident. Knowing who to contact and how to go about proving the cause of the injury in these difficult cases enables us to make a difference for our clients in need of substantial compensation for serious injuries.

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