Many motorists say they don’t need to buckle up because they are good drivers. They forget, however, that accidents can happen through no fault of their own.
Springfield, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2012
The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone say a “Click It or Ticket” campaign now under way may help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in car accidents.
In Massachusetts, an effort to get people to wear their seat belts takes place until June 3. Drivers and passengers who are older than 16 and who fail to wear seat belts can face $25 fines. According to the law, drivers can be fined an additional $25 for each unbuckled passenger under 16.
“At the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, we have seen the devastating impact of car accidents,” said a Boston personal injury lawyer with the firm. “By buckling your seat belt, you can reduce the chance of serious injury or death.”
The statewide coordinated effort calls for extra state and local police to patrol Massachusetts streets and highways to promote the use of seat belts. The campaign comes at a time when many young drivers may be out on the road celebrating graduations or driving to or from proms. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is funding the initiative, which involves “extra high-visibility traffic enforcement” by police.
Forty-nine percent of the people killed in passenger car accidents in Massachusetts during 2010 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 25 percent of the state’s drivers don’t wear seat belts, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
According to the personal injury attorneys in Springfield at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, many motorists say they don’t need to buckle up because they are good drivers. They forget, however, that accidents can happen through no fault of their own.
The attorneys say common factors in a Massachusetts car accident include drunk driving, texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. “Your best defense is to wear a seat belt,” a Worcester car accident attorney said.
About the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone are committed to pursuing compensation for victims of accidents and negligence. Serving Boston, Springfield, Worcester and communities throughout Massachusetts, the law firm provides quality representation in a variety of legal areas, including personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, dog bites and more. Contact the firm by calling 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or by visiting http://www.marksalomone.com.