Car Accidents And Seat BeltsCar accidents are not uncommon. There are millions of incidents per years and equally as many injuries. Damage can happen no matter what speed you are traveling at and no matter what kid of accident you are involved in People have been left severely hurt after getting in accidents at low speeds in parking lots, while others have walked away completely unscathed from high speed crashes on the highway. Seat belts generally protect people from being flung out of their seats or from being ejected from vehicles. In rear-end collisions, a seat belt can help the individual stay seated as opposed to being thrust into the windshield or into the back of a seat. Seatbelts also reduce the chances of whiplash, neck and spinal cord injuries, herniated and slipped discs, and more. There are a few different seat belt designs. The most common is a belt that goes across the shoulder and clicks into buckle, while the bottom fits across the waist. There is also the waist belt by itself to hold you down. Additionally, some belts are almost mobile and are attached to the doors of vehicles, and once the belt is unbuckled, will zip towards the windshield. The basic seat belt design allows people to latch the belts in place and go about their business. Some individuals, though, put the shoulder belt behind them for comfort, which is extremely dangerous and reckless. In the event of an accident, the upper body would be jerked forward while the waist and below remains stationary. In some cases, though, the seat belts are defective or break in some way. A few examples of defects include:
- Ripped or torn fabric, or belts that are not durable enough to survive tension and pulls
- Broken latches that do not allow the seat belts to properly click or stay locked in place, which can cause the entire seat belt system to be rendered useless
- Excess spool, which can be slack and not adequately hold drivers in place; lack of tension and tautness will not prevent injuries in the event of a car crash
- Parts that aren’t affixed, such as latches that aren’t screwed together or buckles that are loose
How To File A Claim Against The Automobile CompanyIf you wish to file a claim for a seat belt defect, you must be able to show the negligence of the automobile company. You will have to file a product liability against the company, which will require you to show at least one of three things:
- There was a design flaw with the product that was not addressed during the screening process
- There was a manufacturing error during the actual creation of the belt or during the installation of the belt in the car
- There were no hazard listings or warnings on the belt or in the car manual
Value Of Your Seat Belt Defect LawsuitYour seat belt defect claim may be worth a large sum of money depending on the circumstances and effects of the incident. The insurance agent responsible for handling your claim will use a few different factors to come up with an offer. These factors include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The impact your injuries had on your daily life and career
- Your age
- Your job type
- Your level of negligence in the accident
Compensation For You Defective Seat Belt ClaimYou could receive various types of compensation from your seat belt defect lawsuit. We will work to secure you coverage for the following:
- Medical expenses from surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and more
- Property damages for mechanic fees or repair costs for your vehicles
- Lost wages from time you spent away from work
- Pain and suffering for emotional anguish, PTSD, fear, anxiety, mental trauma, and more
- Wrongful death expenses if a loved one passed away in the incident, such as funeral expenses, pre-death medical bills, loss of consortium, loss of inheritance, and more
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.
Free Second OpinionMany times, individuals contact us asking about the potential value of their case because they already have an attorney and want to know if he is adequately representing them. Unfortunately, many attorneys do not dedicate their full attention and capabilities to cases and try to settle as quickly as possible with insurance agencies so they can collect their portions and move on. Insurance agents tend to undervalue claims and are content to not pay out the maximum value. Many attorneys will take advantage of this and try to swiftly settle and pressure you to sign. It is important that you do not give in and pursue the best worth for your case. If you want a free second opinion on your current attorney or if you have questions about how he is performing or representing you with your best interests in mind, feel free to contact our law firm for help. We will gladly tell you if we believe if he is doing all he can or if he is acting selfishly or in bad faith.
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