Seat Belts Are Supposed To Protect Us; That Doesn’t Always Happen
It’s hard not to listen to such high-authority government agency as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has discovered that more than 51% of all people who survived car accidents were able to avoid death only because they were buckled up at the time of the collision.
Sure, wearing seatbelts helps avoid death, but an ever-increasing number of studies keep warning about serious injuries that can be caused by the restraint of seatbelts. Yes, we are talking about the so-called “seat belt injury.”
Understanding Mandatory Seatbelt Use Laws
“Although seatbelts were designed to keep you safe and protect you in the event of a motor vehicle accident, they can also harm you,” says our seatbelt injury attorney at The Hayes Law Firm. When a seatbelt is faulty or defective, it can cause a plethora of injuries, including but not limited to spinal cord injuries, organ damage, broken bones, internal bleeding, and many others.
In California, all driver and front and back seat passengers have a legal obligation to wear a seat belt while a vehicle is in motion. All children over the age of 8 are required to be buckled up, while children under 8 years of age, regardless of their location in a moving vehicle, must be secured in an approved child safety restraint system.
State laws regarding the mandatory use of seatbelts vary greatly, but what remains clear is that all drivers are required to buckle up when operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, seatbelts can cause more harm than good, because studies indicate the dangers of wearing a seatbelt.
Common Issues With Seatbelts
While seatbelts are supposed to hold the driver and passenger in the seat in the event of a collision and to prevent the occupants from hitting the windshield, dashboard, steering wheel, and the roof of the vehicle, in many situations, victims of car accidents get injured because their seatbelts malfunctioned.
Some of the most common issues with seatbelts include but are not limited to:
- Latching issues
- Lap only belts
- Retractor failure
- Sensor failure
- Worn-out materials in the belt
- Defective seatbelt
In the vast majority of all car accidents in which the seatbelts malfunction, the injured party is entitled to sue the manufacturer of the seatbelts and/or the manufacturer of the car.
Who’s Liable For Your Seatbelt Injury?
But what can you do if you suffer harm due to the seatbelts in your vehicle? Are you barred from recovering damages for injuries caused by the seatbelt just because buckling up saved your life? “Not really,” says our experienced seat belt injury attorney.
If you have been injured by seat belts, it is important to determine whether your seatbelt injury was caused by a manufacturing or design defect in the seatbelts. If that’s the case, several parties may be held liable for your seatbelt injury. Besides the manufacturer of the seatbelt and/or auto manufacturer, the distributor, retailer, and all other parties in the chain of distribution can be held liable for your injuries caused by the seatbelt.
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Injuries caused by the use of seatbelts include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal tenderness
- Bowel injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Fractured sternum
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Skin abrasions
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
To determine the value of your case as well as collect sufficient evidence proving that you are eligible to file a personal injury claim to recover damages, contact The Hayes Law Firm to receive a free case evaluation. Call at 323-693-1052 right now.