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Civil Litigation Attorneys

Wasson & Associates, Inc. is a well-established legal defense law firm with extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation. Our skilled trial attorneys handle the case at its inception in order to undertake an early evaluation of the key issues of the dispute and aggressively develop a litigation strategy designed to provide the client with the best legal defense in the most cost-effective manner.

Throughout the case, the lead attorneys are supported by experienced legal assistants and paralegals. Together, this team of experts focuses the litigation toward an early resolution of the case that best serves the interests of our clients. Our team fully understands the financial pressures litigation imposes on our clients, and our litigation strategy consists of an aggressive effort to resolve all cases as quickly as possible. But our experienced trial attorneys know very well that some cases cannot be resolved or settled before trial. In those cases, our litigation team is fully prepared to litigate the case through to the jury’s verdict. Our litigation team accomplishes these achievements with the highest professional and ethical standards in the legal profession. Our clients are proud to be associated with the Law Firm in every jurisdiction we practice.


Wasson & Associates, Inc. serves its clients in California, Nevada and Arizona. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of litigation in both Northern and Southern California. We have been practicing in Nevada long before the newly created Appellate Courts were created, and our specialists have acquired unique litigation techniques that have proved successful in all Counties of Nevada. Our team of experts serves the interests of our Arizona clients by offering the same high-quality litigation services all of our clients have come to expect from the Law Firm. Our members have also donated countless hours volunteering our legal services to the citizens of Arizona. Though the law firm extends to many different jurisdictions in several different states, the same standards of professional and ethical conduct and high quality of service remains constant and has become associated with our practice. Wasson & Associates, Inc. is here to serve the best interests of your clients.


Issue: The Application of California’s Seatbelt Defense

       Under California law all occupants of a motor vehicle must wear a seatbelt during the operation of the vehicle. Cal. Vehicle Code §27315(d)(1). Failure to wear a seatbelt is a violation of California Vehicle Code section 27315(d)(1). If the plaintiff is found to have failed to wear a seatbelt at the time of the accident, the defendant may assert this seatbelt defense against the plaintiff in any litigation arising from the accident.(1) The law governing California’s seatbelt defense has not changed and its application is rare. Most people wear seatbelts during the operation of their vehicles. Even in those circumstances in which the defendant believes the plaintiff was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, this is often very difficult to prove.

       Nevertheless, there are still some cases in which California’s seatbelt defense remains viable. We briefly address two situations in which the seatbelt defense may be applicable. First, does the defense apply when the plaintiff is parked on the side of the road? Next, does this seatbelt defense extend to the driver and owner of the vehicle when the passengers violate this law? We first outline the law and its application. . .


The information contained herein is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. You should not act or fail to act based on the information of this website. The content contains general information only and may not reflect changes to the law. All cases differ – please contact an attorney to get legal advice as it pertains to your case. Attorneys at Wasson & Associates, Inc. are licensed to practice law in the State of California.



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