Common Causes of Seat Belt Injuries in Car Accidents
That the use of seat belts saves lives has long been established. However, a strange irony is that these protective devices can also cause injury. The good news is that should you get hurt using a seat belt a New Jersey injury lawyer may be able to help you gain compensation.
Common Causes of Injury
Automobiles and trucks are generally equipped with three-point restraints today. These have replaced the old lap belts which were often found to cause abdominal damage and whiplash. However, many older vehicles still have lap seat belts.
Defect in design or workmanship is one of the common causes of injury. Such a defect can result in:
- Failure of the latch to close
- Failure of the latch to remain secure
- Ripping or tearing of the material
- Mounts coming loose
Other injuries can be caused by belts that are wearing out or that have been modified or misused. In order to have a viable claim, though, negligence of another party must be established.
Among the many seat belt injuries for which New York injury lawyers represent clients are those to the neck, back, and abdomen. The resulting injury can include broken bones, lacerations, and even paralysis. In some circumstances the seatbelt may also become jammed and will not unlatch, thereby preventing an accident victim who needs to exit the vehicle for safety reasons from doing so.
If You Have Been Injured
If you suffer an injury resulting from the use of a seat belt, speak with a New Jersey injury lawyer. Dan T. Matrafajlo is an experienced lawyer who will fight to help you gain compensation. Call 908-248-4404 today to arrange a free consultation.