In many states, your compensation will be reduced if you were not wearing a seat belt at the time of your crash. This is because not wearing a seat belt can result in more serious and more expensive injuries. However, the determining factor in whether you can recover compensation is whether the other party was at fault and negligent in causing the crash, not whether you were wearing a seat belt.
Because the laws differ by state on damages and compensation limits, as well as on how plaintiffs are treated if they weren’t wearing seat belts, you will need to speak with a local lawyer in your state for an assessment of the factors that impact your recovery after a crash.
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