Georgia Seat Belt Law Could Reduce Auto Insurance Claim Payouts

Ford pick up truckGeorgia recently passed a law that will require adults to wear seat belts if they are riding in a pickup truck.

While Georgia’s other seat belt laws mandated that all children and occupants in other vehicles must wear seat belts, people in pick up trucks were never required to do the same. Around 21 deaths and 300 injuries are expected to be prevented as a result of this legislation, the Georgia Department of Transportation said. The reduced number of automobile accidents related injuries stemming from this will likely lead to fewer car insurance claims. With a reduced number of claims, it may become easier for Georgia drivers to find low cost auto insurance.

The passage of this seat belt law was opposed by the state’s House of Representatives for a number of years. Many state officials believe the passage of this legislation is long overdue. The only driver exemption is for farmers using trucks for work, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Georgia is also participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign, whose goal is encourage people to wear seat belts and to reduce highway fatalities, the state’s DOT said.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19828747-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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