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Do people have to wear a seat belt in Pennsylvania?

As drivers travel down Pennsylvania roadways, they can have any number of things on their mind. Something as simple as a problem they have at work, or joke they heard on the radio can take their mind off of their task. When this happens, a distracted driver can easily cause a car accident. If people are not closely paying attention to what is going on around them, they put everyone at risk.

When this occurs, there is very little that you can do to prevent the car crash. While defensive driving might help in some situations, in others the accident cannot be avoided. When you are put in this situation, you have to trust that the car's safety features will keep you safe. In particular, you have to hope the seat belt works to keep you free from serious injuries.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, seatbelts are the only thing that prevent people from being thrown from the car during a crash. Even in accidents as slow as 12 miles per hour, you can be killed if you are not wearing your seatbelt.

Under section 4581 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, seatbelts are mandatory for many of Pennsylvania's residents. Under this law, anyone driving a car or riding in the front seat of a car must wear their seatbelt. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 always need a seatbelt, even when they are not in the front of a vehicle. Teenaged drivers under the age of 18 can only drive may not have more passengers than there are seatbelts in a car.

These laws are in place to help people stay safe. However, seatbelts cannot prevent accidents and they cannot prevent every injury. When you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, you need to get legal help to understand your rights. With the right help, people can get the compensation to cover the damages suffered in an accident.

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