Seatbelts are designed to save people lives in case of a car accident. If the seatbelt is manufactured improperly or is defective in any way, it will fail to provide occupants adequate safety in events of car accidents. In those situations, the manufacturer of the car may be held strictly liable for the increased harm to the victim. Specific laws covering products liability will vary somewhat from state to state. Also, each individual automobile manufacture may have different policies stated in their warranty provisions.
Those involved in car accidents suffer worse injuries because of a defect in the seatbelt. In those situations, the manufacturer of the car may be held liable for the increased harm to the victim. Seatbelt defects can be due to errors in manufacturing, assembly, and even flaws in the design of the vehicle. Failure to exhibit instructions or warning labels about seatbelts can also result in injuries.
There may be a defect in the design or construction of your seat belt. For example:
Even with the possibilities of a defective seatbelt, it is always recommended that a person wear a seat belt. Wearing a seatbelt is always a better idea than not wearing one because the injuries without a seatbelt are greater than the injuries with a defective seatbelt.
If an occupant of a vehicle was wearing the seatbelt properly, but the seatbelt failed to provide adequate safety in the event of a car accident, the occupant may seek compensation for his or her injuries. Compensation will include:
Drivers and passengers that are injured because of defective seatbelts can suffer very serious injuries to the head, brain, spine, chest, arm, and back. Victims of seatbelt defects can also suffer whiplash, internal bleeding, and injuries to their internal organs.
If you are injured in a car accident and believe that your injuries were worsened by a defective seat belt, an experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate the merits of your claim. A products liability attorney can file any necessary paperwork and represent you in court. An experienced product liability attorney can also help negotiate larger settlements or obtain higher court awards for injuries that you have suffered.
Last Modified: 08-12-2015 11:19 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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