Seat Belt Use and Auto Accidents

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Seat belts save lives, and Tennessee law requires seat belts to be worn by the driver and passengers.  But if you were involved in an accident and were not wearing your seat belt, the fact that you were not wearing your seat belt is not admissible into evidence except in limited circumstances. To learn more about Tennessee’s laws on seat belts, click one of the links below:

While seat belts are required to be worn by Tennessee law, there are exceptions.  For example, if you have a physical disability (certified in writing by a physician) that prevents appropriate use of a seat belt, then you are excused from the State's seat belt law.  Likewise, the following persons are exempt under certain circumstances United States Postal Service workers and newspaper delivery persons who are performing their duties, meter readers performing their duties, vehicles in a parade, mechanics and salespersons at automobile dealerships, a vehicle participating in a hayride, a vehicle crossing a highway from one field to the other, an ADS or ADS-operated vehicle.  

A police officer may write you a citation for a seat belt violation but can not arrest you for failure to wear a seat belt.   Violation of Tennessee's seat belt law is a Class C misdemeanor, and you can avoid a court appearance for the seat belt citation by paying the applicable fine.  A seat belt violation shall not be assigned a point value for suspension or revocation of a driver's license and it cannot be construed as any other offense.  

At The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. our award-winning lawyers are privileged to represent accident victims. To determine whether we can help you and your family, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation and we handle all accident cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we win.  Unlike some injury attorneys, we advance all cases expenses interest-free so you do not have to secure litigation loans or pay anything out of pocket to pursue your legal rights. 

We know that after an accident many people need the help of a lawyer but they often do not know where to begin.  We created our FAQ page to help answer some of the most common questions and to help injury victims feel more comfortable with the legal process.  Some of our most popular pages are below:

Choosing and hiring the right lawyer is critical.  We would be privileged to represent you in your case.  To get started, give us a call.  While our offices are located in Middle Tennessee, we represent injury victims across the State. And, as always, if you are unable to come to us for any reason, we will come to you. 

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