How does not wearing a seat belt affect my case?

If I wasn’t wearing a seat belt, can I still recover damages?

Not wearing a seat belt at the time of an accident can affect your case. Danny Foster, a Denver car accident attorney, has been able to recover some damages in cases where the victim was not wearing their seat belt — but the law still makes this a difficult process. He advises that anyone in a car should be wearing their seat belt, not only for their safety, but to help their legal claim in case of an accident.


“There’s a statute that can hurt you in a civil case if you do not have your seatbelt on. It does not end your case, it does not end your ability to recover but it definitely hampers your ability to recover based upon the language of the statute. I’ve had on many cases where my client was not wearing a seatbelt and we are able to recover damages for them. The best advice always is to wear your seatbelt because that will not only help you in case you or your loved one is involved in an accident but will also assist you in a civil claim.”