On November 1st, a new seatbelt law went into effect in New York State. The new law requires that all passengers in the backseat of a vehicle must wear a seat belt. The law not only extends to personal vehicles but includes ride-sharing services as well.

Before the law went into effect, any passenger over the age of 16 in New York was not required to wear a seatbelt if they sat in the backseat. New York will join 30 other states that have similar seatbelt laws.

The goal of the law is to save lives as 30% of highway deaths in New York involved a passenger that was not wearing a seatbelt. While the new law will hopefully save lives it will likely not reduce car accidents and consequently, it may not reduce injury or pain caused by car accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence in a car accident please contact GREENBERG LAW P.C. today. Our expert personal injury attorneys have decades of experience successfully representing victims of motor vehicle accidents.