At Landau Law Shop, we often see the tragedy of young car crash victims who have been permanently injured. A new law has been passed in the commonwealth regarding seatbelt use. Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a seatbelt while riding in the back seat of a car. The Herndon law firm staff was surprised to learn that the mandatory use of seatbelts in personal passenger cars was not already the law.
The law will be a primary offense, making it possible for law enforcement to pull over a car if they believe the passengers to not be wearing a seatbelt. Formerly, only those riding in the front seats were required to wear the safety device, but thanks to Virginia Senator Janet Howell who sponsored the law, those riding in back seats will be 25% less likely to be killed. The idea is that teenagers in our area will be more likely to survive deadly crashes, although there is no way one can put a stop to their often reckless driving. The bill was suggested by a local high school teacher who had seen many students through the years die from injuries that may have been prevented by wearing a seat belt. Every year over 8,000 teens are fatally injured in car accidents. At ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., every one of us hopes that with this new law passed, and enforcement instituted, we can reduce those deaths in our area.