The courts have recently been concerned with the new problem of whether the law of torts imposes a legal obligation upon individuals to wear seat belts. The seat belt defense is in its formative years. It was first presented less than a decade ago, and has since been presented in approximately fifty cases. To date, less than half of the judicial jurisdictions in the country have considered the defense.
Trerilla, John A.
"The Emerging Seat Belt Defense: Two Views,"
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