Could Faulty Seatbelts Contribute To Your Injuries?
When you buckle your seatbelt, you probably assume that it is going to keep you safe if you are involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, your seatbelt could be defective without you even knowing it. If you are involved in a traffic accident, it is important to retain an injury attorney who fully investigates all potential causes of your injuries, including defective seatbelts.
You may ask, “Doesn’t the “click” of the safety belt mean it is working properly?” Not necessarily. The restraint may buckle into the latching system, but fail when the force of the wreck is applied. Examples of seatbelt defects are:
- Latch flaws: A defect in the latch is dangerous because you hear the click and assume you are buckled safely into your car. However, the force of the accident causes the latch to fail or come loose. If the latching system is flawed, you can be thrown from your car, even if you are wearing your seatbelt.
- Defective door mount: If the mount holding the seatbelt to the frame of the car has a flaw, it can result in the seatbelt being wholly ineffective.
- Improper unspooling: Safety belts are designed to rotate and loosen intentionally and allow the seatbelt to unspool if too much force is placed on the belt. However, if defective, this may result in you hitting the windshield or windows, steering wheel or being thrown outside the vehicle.
- Webbing defects: Seatbelts should be made of tough and durable materials. If the webbing of the belt is cracking, it will not properly confine you during a crash.
Being in an automobile accident can be overwhelming — emotionally and financially. It is important to seek the advice and guidance of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who can fully explain all of your legal options, including a product liability claim, for recovering compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries. Let the legal team at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC help you.