Legal Effects of Seat Belt Non-Use, (SAE Paper No. 8840330)
Society of Automotive Engineers, International
seat belts, personal injury law
Since the advent of seat belt installation as a requirement for passenger automobiles, the legislative and judicial branches of government have been forced to address the legal effects of non-use where this results in otherwise avoidable injuries or deaths. Seat belt use will substantially reduce the number of automobile related injuries and deaths. Analysis of existing legislation and judicial precedents shows that the "seat belt defense" or the effect of non-use is being recognized. Considerable further attention to legal solutions is required if the benefits of such use are to be promoted so as to reduce injury and limit industry's liability.
Stephen J. Werber, Legal Effects of Seat Belt Non-Use, (SAE Paper No. 8840330) SAE P-141, Advances in Belt Restraint Systems: Design, Performance and Usage 173 (1984)
Reprinted in 1984 SAE Transactions 173; Available in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library Special Collections Archive