Another reason to avoid a car accident! Illinois lawmakers amended the Illinois Vehicle Code that now gives Illinois drivers more duties and responsibilities to the passengers in their vehicles. Illinois drivers are now required to properly adjust and fasten seat belts for passengers who are unable to do it themselves. A driver transporting a passenger who is unable to properly adjust and fasten their safety belt due to illness, infirmity or age must secure the passenger or face a ticket and fine. More concerning for the driver may be the added liability should the driver and passenger become involved in a car accident and the passenger suffers aggravated personal injury because the driver did not properly adjust and fasten the passenger’s safety belt. Be sure to let your Chicago Injury attorney know the status of all passengers involved in the auto accident and be aware of your duties as a driver.
Passengers should also be aware of this amendment and ask that the driver perform these safety functions. If not, passengers should make their car accident attorney aware of their status and the fact that the driver did not assure their safety thus contributing to the passenger’s injuries in the vehicle collision.
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