Too many people think that just because they were not at fault for an accident then the claim will be easy. Unfortunately, fault (or breach of a duty) is only one obstacle injured persons must hurdle in order to make a claim. The other hurdles are causation and damages. In this case Walmart suggests its driver’s fault did not CAUSE the injuries; the lack of a seatbelt did. This argument is not made because it is Walmart. This is the kind of argument made by nearly every defendant in a personal injury claim. Failure to wear a seatbelt is a very popular one. And it makes sense. Wearing a seatbelt will prevent an awful lot of harm and injury. The law only makes a person responsible for the harm that person caused; not the harm someone else causes, including harm caused by your own actions or inactions. Sometimes that is a very difficult determination to make. And think about it, putting on a seatbelt is a very easy and inexpensive way to prevent a lot of harm. Buckle up people!

DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck…
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