How do seat belts work?Seatbelt technology allows for the restraint to lock into place moments before or during impact in order to secure the body from violent movement. Accidents without the presence of a seatbelt can be catastrophic and at times fatal. However, there are instances when the seatbelt itself fails to work properly therefore causing injury. Examples include when the seatbelt locking mechanism fails to properly lock or when the seatbelt fabric tears. Seatbelt defects include:
- Tearing of the seatbelt;
- Spool mechanism failing to tighten;
- Malfunctioning of the locking trigger;
- Defective centrifugal clutch;
- Improper design or placement of pretensioner.
What to do after the accidentThe moments after your accident can be terrifying medical attention should be sought for your injuries. Once you begin the recovery process it is recommended that you contact an attorney to discuss whether you have a valid cause of action. Medical costs, lost of income, future pain and suffering can be recovered through a settlement. The cost for such treatment can be substantial and your insurance coverage may not provide the best type of treatment for your injuries. In fact you may be subjected to second tier treatment. Our offices will help by having the top physicians and specialist provide treatment for your injuries and their fees will be paid from any settlement award obtained.
Who is liable for my injuries?Liability for injuries can be difficult to assess. While we can hold the party at fault for the accident liable, liability can also be extended to the manufacturer, distributor and reseller of the vehicle. Under the doctrine of product liability it is possible to hold liable all commercial sellers of the product. Our offices will use our resources to join all responsible parties in order to achieve the maximum settlement for your injuries. We fight hard for our client to make sure that their injuries are compensated for.
What type of loss can I recover for?Typically in an accident case involving a seat belt defect in Los Angeles it is possible to recover for numerous issues. A common list of what can be recovered include:
- Property damage;
- Physical harm;
- Medical expenses;
- Loss of income;
- Emotional distress;
- Trauma both physically and emotionally; and
- Pain and suffering.