Defective Seat Belt Injuries
Have you seen signs along highways that say “Buckle Up”? For many states, it’s illegal not to wear a seat belt. Every year, statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that you should always wear a seat belt. They save thousands of lives a year.
For many of us, buckling your seat belt is something you automatically do when you get into a vehicle. You trust that it will keep you safe if you’re in a car accident.
But what if you wore one and it didn’t work properly? Sometimes seat belts are defective and can cause severe injuries. What then? What do you do first? How do you preserve evidence?
You have questions, and at Edgar Snyder & Associates, we have answers. We’re ready to help you get the money you deserve.
What Can Cause Injuries from Seat Belts?
- Passive Restraint Systems – Did you ever ride in a car where the shoulder harness slides down when you close the door? That’s a passive restraint system. Since the shoulder harness slides down automatically, it’s easy to forget to buckle the lap belt. If you’re in a car with a passive restraint system and get in a car accident, the automatic shoulder belt might not restrain your body. Severe injuries can include decapitation, strangulation, paralysis, and liver lacerations (tears in the liver caused by trauma.)
- Tension-Relieving Devices – A tension-relieving device creates slack on the shoulder belt to keep it from restricting your movement. Also called a “windowshade” device, it can leave too much slack in the belt and not protect you like it should. If there’s a defect, you can suffer from severe abdominal injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and facial injuries.
- Defective Buckles – The click of a seat belt buckle is normally the sign that you’re ready to be on your way. But if the buckle doesn’t work, it may not restrain you properly, causing severe injuries like decapitation, strangulation, paralysis, and liver lacerations.
- Ripped or Torn Straps – Sometimes rips and tears can form on seat belt straps, and they may not hold you if you’re in a car accident. Always be on the lookout for ripped or torn straps.
If you were seriously injured in a car accident because of a seat belt defect, you may have a case against the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of the seat belt.
Even though the company probably didn’t cause the collision itself, they can be held liable if the seat belt defect made your injuries worse.
Rely on Our Defective Product Attorneys to Fight for You
For over 30 years, Edgar Snyder & Associates has helped victims hurt by defective products get the money they deserve. Product injury cases are complex, and it’s very hard to go up against the manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and insurance companies alone. There are too many opportunities to make mistakes.
You’ve suffered enough, and the last thing you need is more stress in your life. That’s where we come in. From the minute you hire Edgar Snyder & Associates, we go to work for you:
- Standing up against the manufacturer or whoever is at fault
- Fighting the insurance companies that don’t have your best interest in mind and don’t consider your future medical needs
- Gathering all the evidence and details to build your product injury case
- Helping you handle your medical bills and paperwork
With our law firm on your side, you can take back your life. You can get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical bills. You can focus on your health.
And remember, there’s never a fee unless we get money for you.
Take Back Your Life – Get a Free Legal Evaluation Now
If you or someone you care about have been seriously injured in a car accident because of a defective seat belt, don’t wait. You may have a case.
Contact us immediately at 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427) or fill out the information at the top right of this webpage for your free legal evaluation. There are no strings attached, and you’re not obligated to use our services. Call today.