There are not many cars still on American roads that do not have seat belts installed. Nearly all of them are all-terrain vehicles or other special use vehicles. Seat belts are generally considered a lifesaving device, although people in the Granite State have the option of not using them.
What is New Hampshire law regarding seat belts?
New Hampshire is the only state in the union that does not legally require adult drivers and passengers in motor vehicles to wear seat belts. Children who are under 7 years old or are 57 inches or shorter must ride in child safety seats.
Why should drivers and passengers wear seat belts?
Although the law does not require it, it is a good idea for everyone in a vehicle to wear seat belts if they're above the age and/or height for a child safety seat. This can prevent you from being thrown from the vehicle in a crash. Injuries are often more serious or perhaps fatal when a body is ejected in a collision.
What if I am a cautious driver?
No matter how carefully we drive, other drivers may be distracted or in a rush. Although they are responsible for their actions as drivers, they may not be as concerned for your safety as you are.
What can people do after a car accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by another driver, it may be a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney. They can review your options for seeking compensation in civil court to help cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses and damages.