Passenger cars were built with a simpler version of a seat belt, as far back as the 1960’s. However, driving a car didn’t require wearing a seat belt until much later. In 1984, states began to launch various versions of current seat belt laws. The laws began to enforce seatbelt usage for the driver of a car, and sometimes different requirements for other occupants. Click on IIHS image shown here to see what the laws are in your state.
Understanding Wisconsin Seat Belt Law
Seat belt laws are either considered as “primary” or “secondary” enforcement laws. As of 2009, Wisconsin is considered a primary enforcement state. In a nutshell, this means that an officer can pull over and ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt. The driver can also be ticketed if passengers over the age of four are not strapped in.
Many WI drivers transport passengers, including children, without clearly understanding the seatbelt laws. Expect that seat belt laws are not going to be the same in every state. If you travel from Wisconsin to Illinois, for example, the law changes slightly for backseat passengers. If you are unsure of the seatbelt law, it always a good choice to ensure everyone in the car buckles up to save lives. Most current Wisconsin seatbelt law information.
Importance of Seat Belts in the Event of a Crash
When you’re in an accident, a seat belt can save your life. Most recent statistics from the CDC state that more than half of those killed in an accident were not wearing a seat belt when the crash happened. Failure to wear a seat belt increases the risk of being ejected from the vehicle. Those who are thrown from the vehicle are more likely to have suffered severe injury, or death.
Why Someone May Not Follow the Law
There are lots of excuses as to why someone would choose not to wear a seat belt:
- Unaware of the Law
- In too much of a hurry
- Not comfortable
- Too restrictive
- Not the “cool” thing to do
None of reasons stated are worth the risk of life or death. Accidents happen anytime, anywhere, and without warning.
Involved in an Accident?
We understand that it is sometimes impossible to prevent being involved in an accident, especially when you’re not the cause of it. If you have been in a crash, one of the first questions your Action Law Accident Attorney may ask is, “were you wearing a seat belt?” Be sure that your answer is, “yes.” You have control over this part of personal safety. It is also your responsibility to assist young passengers in their seatbelts. Transport all passengers buckled up in their seatbelts; it’s a simple task and it could save a life.