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Q: Can damages still be recovered even if the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of an automobile accident?

A: The answer to this questions depends largely on which state the accident occurred in. Certain states view a refusal to wear seatbelts as a factor that may reduce any recoverable amount for compensation. The reason is because it is widely believed that individuals suffer greater injuries if they are not wearing seatbelts. With that being said, other states do not share this view.





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