Can I still sue for my injuries in a car accident if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt?
June 5, 2017
Filed in: Car Accidents, Personal Injury
Written by Brandon M. Bohlman
When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is common that he or she was not wearing a seatbelt. We find that clients are concerned that they do not have a case now. They think that just because they were not wearing a seatbelt, they caused their injuries.
However, that is not the case in Iowa. Iowa Code § 321.445(4)(b)(2) provides that a person injured in a motor vehicle accident can only have their claim reduced by 5%. That means that if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, and a jury would award you $100,000.00, you can still recover $95,000.00.
While you should always wear a seatbelt, if you didn’t and were hurt in a car accident don’t let that stop you from filing a personal injury claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Shindler Anderson personal injury lawyer.