Seat Belt DefectsSeat belts are basic designs that go across the chest and latch into a buckle. They protect the individual from being thrown around in the event of a crash. There is a chance that a victim will be hurled through the windshield, out of the window, or else bounced around the vehicle. Of course, the lack of a seat belt can lead to serious or fatal injuries. Some defects include:
- Ripped seat belts: The seat belt must be able to withstand a certain amount of force. This force can come from another vehicle or from a single car accident. The rider should not be ejected and the seat belt should hold. If there are any signs of tearing or ripping with the belt, you should take legal action and repair it before it is too late.
- Latch issues: The latch on the seat belt allows it to stay in place and not come loose. There have been reports that the latches on seat belts have stopped clicking into place. A false latching is when you may hear the click and feel the tension in the belt, but it is not actually secure. This can trick the car into thinking a seatbelt is applied when it isn’t.
- Spool and retraction issues: The seat belt must retract back into the body of the car to create tension on the line and allow riders to be tugged to safety and kept in place if there is an accident. However, there are times when the seat belts do not effectively retract or when the excess line comes out in abundance. This extra spool does not help the rider. If there is too much slack tension, then a victim will not be held back and will be injured.
- Software troubles: There are some designs of car that have seatbelts that are operated by the computer system. A short in the system can lead to the seat belts no longer working.
Damages from a Crash with a Defective Seat BeltIf you seat belt fails to protect you, it can lead to devastating injuries. You may suffer even more debilitating damage if you were in a severe crash. The manufacturer can be held responsible if you were hurt in any of the following ways, or more:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Brain damage
- Internal organ damage
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Spinal cord and neck damage
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Knee and hip injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
Filing a Product Liability against the Car ManufacturerIf you were injured in a car accident and the seat belt broke and worsened your injuries, you could file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vehicle. Manufacturers need to meticulously inspect their cars and ensure that there are no troubles or issues. The seat belt is one of the most important parts of the vehicle, and if it is defective, severe injuries can occur. To file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, you must prove any of these points:
- There was a design flaw with the product that prevented it from working properly
- There was a manufacturing error that made the product defective during its creation
- There was no hazard sign or warning on the labeling to alert the user to the issue
Deadline To File A LawsuitYou do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a claim for your damages. You can file a product liability lawsuit up to 2 years after the injury before it becomes too late. If you try to sue later than that, you will be barred from compensation. There are a handful of exceptions to the statute of limitations. They include your age (minors cannot sue and must wait until they are 18 years old before the statute of limitations kicks in), your physical and mental status (compromised states allow you to abstain from following the statute until you return to health), and the presence of the defendant (if the defendant leaves the state, you will not have to worry about the statute, as it will be suspended when he’s gone and will resume when he comes back). Given that the auto manufacturer is a corporation, it is unlikely that it will leave the state. You should be aware of the deadlines for your case so you do not miss any important dates. If you need assistance, you are welcome to call our firm. We will handle your claim for you and see to it that you file your claim on time and you do not run the risk of missing the chance to earn your rightful compensation.
Compensation For A Seat Belt Failure LawsuitIf you have been hurt because of a defective seta bet, you should pursue ample compensation from the responsible party. For one, you could seek out restitution from the responsible driver if you were struck by a negligent individual. This will allow you to be adequately covered for many expenses. If you were hurt because of the manufacturer of your car, though, or because a mechanic failed to fix an issue when he said he would, you could take legal action against the responsible company. This can allow you to receive the following:
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- Coverage of medical expenses from the past and future, including surgery costs, hospitalization fees, physical therapy sessions, and more
- Lost income from the past and future if you needed time to recover from your injuries or to undergo additional medical treatments
- Property damage if your car needed repairs
- Pain and suffering damages if you were emotionally traumatized, suffered fear or anxiety, acquired PTSD, or had any other type of mental anguish due to the event
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