Can I Sue if I Wasn’t Wearing a Seat Belt?

When you’re hurt in a serious car accident, you need compensation that covers the costs of your injuries, your trauma, and your emotional needs following the accident. The problem is, you may not have been wearing your seat belt. If you weren’t, your claim may be impacted.

But that doesn’t mean you’re unable to sue. If you weren’t wearing a seat belt, reach out to the Milwaukee car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg for help with your claim. They can help you get the compensation you’re due when you’re hurt on the road, even if the at-fault party is trying not to pay for your injuries.

Seat Belt Use Can Impact Your Claim

The at-fault party doesn’t want to pay for your injuries and suffering, and because of this, they may try to use your actions against you

For example, you may have been otherwise careful on the road, but you weren’t wearing a seat belt. Because of this, the at-fault party may claim you were careless by not wearing a seat belt. They may claim that if you had been wearing your seat belt, you wouldn’t have been as seriously injured.

If this blame sticks to you, it can impact your compensation. You’re due compensation for the damages, or impacts to your life, caused by the car accident, but if you accept part of the blame, you may be stuck paying out of pocket for your injuries and suffering. Because of this, you need to take action now to protect your future.

Getting Your Max Compensation After a Car Accident

When it comes to getting your max compensation for a car accident, you may need to prove your injuries would have been just as severe even if you had been wearing a seat belt.

For example, you may have suffered a brain injury because you hit your head on the steering wheel in the car accident. The at-fault party may claim your injuries wouldn’t have been serious if you had been wearing a seat belt. 

In these cases, your lawyer may talk with a doctor about your head injury. That doctor may perform tests that show your brain injury would still impact your life and health in severe ways. For example, the type of injury may have still impacted your fine motor skills.

If the at-fault party places doubt on your claim, your accident lawyer can help dispel that doubt. Talk to your lawyer about your injuries and how a seat belt may or may not have impacted their severity. 

Protect Your Car Accident Claim from Partial Fault with a Lawyer

When you’re hurt in a serious accident in Milwaukee, you need to maximize the value of your claim. Without that financial support, you may have trouble moving on with your life after your injuries. But how do you prove you’re due compensation if you weren’t wearing a seat belt?

Your lawyer at the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg can help. We know the at-fault party may try to use this detail against you, and we’re here to defend you against that. Speak with a lawyer over a free consultation, and we can explain how we can help your claim succeed. Call 414-271-7007, or fill out the online contact form below.