Cleveland State Law Review
automobile accidents, seat belts, car crashes, seat belt defense
To fully appreciate the life-saving and injury-reduction capacity of seat belt restraint systems, it is necessary to examine several non-legal topics which have direct bearing on what the law should reflect. In addition, these topics could prove to have practical application for the attorney attempting to establish the necessity for judicial acceptance of the seat belt defense. These areas include: (1) the human and economic toll arising from automobile accidents; (2) the events that take place during an automobile collision in terms of vehicle dynamics and occupant kinematics; and (3) the effects of a seat belt restraint system upon occupant kinematics.
Stephen J. Werber, A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Seat Belt Issues, 29 Cleveland State Law Review 217 (1980)