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June 17, 2010

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John B

I've said this before, but I'll say it again: When crashes resulting in injuries are reported in the media, seldom, if ever, is it reported whether the occupants were wearing seat belts. Why is that? Do they feel that revealing lack of seat belt use might offend the victims' families by assigning blame? In my opinion, whenever someone dies or is injured when neglecting to wear their seat belt, it should be boldly declared right at the top of the story in the headline. Maybe then people might start seeing the light.

Law Student

I don't know much about American law, but in Canada, failure to wear a seatbelt does not place more than 25% of the blame on the victim in an action in negligence. The courts are usually quite sympathetic to victims that did not cause the accident but made their injuries worse through some negligent omission.

Jim Kenzie

Hi John B:

Couldn't agree more, and I have tried to at least get OUR paper to do this, so far without complete success.

Won't give up though!

Jim Kenzie

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