Seatbelts

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Evidence of Failure to Use a Seatbelt Now Admissible in Texas

In a landmark decision delivered last month in Nabor Well Services, Ltd v. Romero, the Texas Supreme Court overturned more than 40 years of precedent and unanimously reversed the Court's long-standing prohibition on evidence...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (3/15)

No. 13-0126, Nabors Well Servs., Ltd. v. Loera -- The court of appeals had reversed this case on the ground that evidence of seatbelt nonuse was not admissible. But recently, in Nabors Well Servs., Ltd. v. Romero, the Supreme...more

Seat Belts, Car Accidents, and the “Seat Belt Defense”

Many statistics and reports show that using seat belts when driving or riding in an automobile saves lives. Indeed, the numbers are encouraging: for those in the front seats, wearing a seatbelt correctly can reduce the risk...more

Texas Supreme Court oral-argument preview (10/14)

The Texas Supreme Court will hear two oral arguments at the Texas Tech School of Law on 10/9/14: No. 13-0136, Nabors Well Servs. Ltd. v. Romero -- The issue is whether evidence of seatbelt nonusage is inadmissible,...more

Seat Belt Offence Not “Absolute Liability”, Appeal Court Decides

A driver’s failure to wear a seat belt, which is an offence under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, is not an “absolute liability” offence. Rather, “due diligence” is an available defence, the Ontario Court of Appeal has...more

One step closer to safer children in Florida

Earlier this week, the Florida Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed SB 518, which would require children between the ages of four and seven to be restrained in a booster seat while in a car. This is a big step...more

Top 7 Reasons Seatbelt Nonuse Should be Admissible in Civil Cases

The current law in North Carolina is that evidence of failing to wear a seatbelt is inadmissible in any civil trial in NC. NCGS § 20-135.2A(d)....more

Click It Or Ticket

As more and more people hit the road for summer vacations, graduations or family outings, you may notice additional law enforcement agencies on the road enforcing seat belt safety laws....more

Over Half Of Victims Killed In Alabama Crashes Not Buckled

It can feel like the list of various forms of negligence frequently cited in fatal wrecks in Alabama is endless: drunk drivers, drugged drivers, texting drivers, drowsy drivers, distracted drivers. Sometimes it feels like a...more

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