Q I was injured in a Virginia car accident, but when the accident occurred I wasn't wearing my seat belt. Can I still claim damages?
Yes, although Virginia law requires that you wear a seat belt when operating a motor vehicle, it still lets you claim damages from the insurance company. The fact that you weren't wearing a seat belt is actually barred from evidence in any court procedures, doesn't mean that you were negligent
or that you were contributorily negligent
, and cannot be used to lessen the amount of money you can sue for. Overall, it cannot be a factor in any liability
or damages claim that you make.