There are many factors that contribute to a person’s safety while operating a motor vehicle. According to the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles, all drivers and passengers must be properly restrained, in all seats, while in a motor vehicle.
The exceptions to wearing a seat belt include:
- Drivers and passengers who have proof from a physician that a disability or medical condition makes wearing a seat belt dangerous or impossible.
- Drivers and passengers of vehicles made before July 1966.
- Taxi, tractor, bus, and truck drivers (the truck must have a gross weight of at least 18,000 pounds).
- Emergency vehicle passengers and police and fire vehicle drivers.
- Postal workers on duty.
In addition to seat belt laws, there are also restrictions related to cell phone usage while driving. For example, drivers under 18 are banned from using any mobile device for any reason while driving. And of course, all drivers, regardless of age or license status, are banned from texting while behind the wheel.
When it comes to operating motorcycles, all drivers, regardless of age, must wear a helmet that meets the minimum safety standards as defined by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Lastly, it is very important to be aware of when to use your headlights. You must turn your headlights on when it is a half hour before sunset and a half hour after sunrise, when poor weather conditions make it difficult to see, and when you cannot see other people in vehicles in front of you clearly.
The Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers encourage safe and aware driving, no matter what state you may be in. If you live outside of Massachusetts, remember to check your motor vehicle safety laws, since they vary by state.