Georgia Seat Belt Laws (Part B)

Georgia Seat Belt Laws for Children

The Georgia seat belt laws for children are stricter and carry heavier penalties than the adult laws. This is because some children do not know the importance of using a seat belt, or are too young to use one on their own. It is up to their parents or caretakers to teach good safety habits and provide proper safety restraints.

Georgia seat belt laws require all children ages 6 to 17 to be restrained in a seat belt, no matter where they are seated in the vehicle.
A driver found to be transporting an unrestrained child may be fined $25. The fine is multiplied per child if multiple children are unrestrained within the vehicle.

For children under age 6, the Georgia seat belt laws require they be restrained in an age-and-weight appropriate child restraint device or booster seat.
The fine for transporting a child younger than age 6 without proper restraints is up to $50 and will result in a point on the driver's license. If the driver has been previously cited for improper restraint of a child, the penalty increases to up to $100 and 2 points on the driver's license.

Advantages of Wearing a Seat Belt

No matter the circumstances, all passengers in a vehicle should wear their seat belt to prevent serious injury in the event of a car accident.
An unrestrained 150-pound passenger who collides with another object at 65 mph would experience forces of more than 9,000 pounds - enough to be fatal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that an estimated 1,600 lives could have been saved and more than 22,000 injuries could have been prevented, with proper seat belt use.

Not only do seat belts increase your safety in a car accident, they also help your personal injury claim. Insurance adjusters and courts look more favorably on victims who were following Georgia seat belt laws when involved in a car accident. Being able to show that proper seat belt laws were followed is helpful when your Atlanta personal injury lawyer prepares the evidence for your claim.

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury claim.