Seat Belt InformationSeat belts were designed to protect individuals in the event of crashes. The first belts were simply placed across the waist, but eventually, shoulder belts were introduced. As technology improved, the belts became sturdier and could withstand more impact. The belts also faced some experimentation, such as being connected to the door on a track or coming across the body twice like a harness. When seat belts have defects, the risks of injuries greatly increase. Companies manufacturing automobiles may not have adequately inspected or tested the seatbelts, which could lead to trouble for many drivers. A few of the ways that seat belt malfunctions are so dangerous can be found below:
- Seat belts that do not properly retract or have too much slack or spool do not function properly and apply correct pressure or tightness to the driver. This can mean that the seat belt is essentially not present. Slack seat belts do not protect any drivers in the event of crashes.
- Latch troubles may cause the belt to not buckle properly. It could appear to be buckled and may even be somewhat taut, but at the first impact, it could dislodge. If the belt is also not secured to the seat, the buckle could fall off. It may also not have proper screws keeping it together.
- Seat belts made from improper materials could break during impacts. They may tear or rip easily once a body gets pushed into them, and it is important that the belts hold up under stress and pressure.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.If you were injured because of a broken seat belt, you can take legal action against the manufacturer of the vehicle in addition to the responsible driver. Our team of car crash lawyers can make sure that you are properly compensated for your damages.
Injuries Due To Defective Seat BeltsSeat belts are meant to protect passengers and drivers. Those who do not wear their seat belts are at a greatly increased risk of injury and death. When a seat belt is defective, there are equally as many opportunities for damages to happen. Because the seat belt will not properly work if it is defective, there are many injuries that can happen, including the following
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Facial damages
- Puncture wounds
- Crushing injuries
- Brain damage
- Severed limbs and digits
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Nerve damage and neurological injuries
- Aggravation of previous injuries
Filing A Claim For A Seat Belt InjuryInvolvement in a car accident can result in a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you were hurt, you could file a claim against the driver’s insurance agency. However, if you were damaged because of the seat belt breaking or not properly working, you could raise a claim against the automobile company. You would likely file a product liability claim.
- Pictures of the seat belt itself showcasing the defects or troubles, or the actual seatbelt still in the car (it is important that you do not get the seatbelt fixed or repaired in the meantime, as you will lose your most important piece of evidence if you do)
- Pictures of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle and the surrounding environment
- Statements and testimonies from passengers or other individuals who can back up your statement about the defective seat belt
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