Seatbelt Failure Injury
Millions of car accidents occur per year, often caused by distracted driving, driving under the influence, or cell phone use while driving. However, all injuries are not always caused by the at-fault driver. In 2021 and 2022, dozens of people were injured to seatbelt failure. We trust that seatbelts are going to protect us while driving and when these failures occur, it is devastating and dangerous.
Neumann Law Group is currently accepting claims against manufacturers for faulty seat belts causing injury to those involved in car accidents. There are many ways that a seatbelt can fail.Defective Seatbelts
Defective seatbelts are a major contributor to the level of severity of the injuries when a car accident happens. Often times, the latch or tension sensor on the belt will fail. This prevents latching and tension needed to hold a passenger and distribute the correct force of its restraint. If the latch fails, the occupants of the vehicle can be ejected from the vehicle, thrown around the car, and overall injuries can be more severe than they would have been if the seatbelt was functioning properly. Even if you were wearing your seatbelt as intended, these seatbelt failures can still happen. Consumers have found that some seatbelts will sound and appear as if the lock was in place; however, it still failed.
Claimants have also noted that lap belts without a shoulder strap (such as in the middle backseat) have created unnecessary dangers to passengers for the failure to provide a shoulder belt in that position.Why Do You Need an Expert Attorney to Advocate for Your Seatbelt Failure Injury
If you did not cause the accident and were wearing your seatbelt properly, you may be able to sue for damages related to seatbelt failures. It is vital to have the vehicle inspected if it is believed that seatbelt failure occurred. After a car accident, many vehicles are towed, totaled, and destroyed. Our seatbelt failure attorneys at Neumann Law Group will make sure that the vehicle is secured and that a complete inspection takes place to confirm a seatbelt failure. Once the vehicle is destroyed, all evidence regarding seatbelt negligence is forever lost.
It is very difficult to identify the liable party when it comes to seatbelt failure claims. Different parts of a seatbelt are made by different companies. This leaves the injured party to determine the manufacturers that can be held liable. Multiple companies may be responsible for your injuries, and it is vital to identify each one and how their product failed. If you have an experienced attorney on your side, they can ease this process and identify the liable entities.
A seatbelt manufacturer can be liable for many different reasons. Some examples are:
- Design defect- If a seatbelt is inherently dangerous due to faulty manufacturing, it remains dangerous even when worn correctly. Sometimes these seatbelts are made according to design specifications, but if there is a design defect, the manufacturer must identify and correct the defect by changing the manufacturing process.
- Manufacturing defect- Sometimes, the seatbelts will be damaged or assembled improperly from the start. This can certainly result in a seatbelt failure.
- Inadequate warnings- A seat belt can be manufactured exactly as it should be, but injuries can happen because the labels did not provide adequate warning to the consumer about the possible dangers of seatbelt failure or warnings regarding incorrect use.
Do You Feel That You or a Loved One Have Been Injured by a Seatbelt Failure? Call Neumann Law Group Today for a Free Consultation
Injuries from defective seatbelts can include sternum and rib fractures, shoulder tears, soft tissue damage, nerve damage, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. People can also experience residual problems with their lungs, hearts, and other vital organs.
Neumann Law Group’s attorneys maintain a wide range of skill and expertise in order to bring claims against product manufacturers. To receive the most compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you should be represented by educated and involved attorneys.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a seatbelt failure while wearing the seatbelt and did not cause the accident, please contact the Neumann Law Group today to discuss your potential claim. You may be entitled to damages including pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of consortium. Contact us at 800-525-NEUMANN to discuss your potential case or contact us online. Neumann Law Group is dedicated to serving our clients with a range of legal services including Mass Torts and Personal Injury throughout Michigan, as well as in New York, California, and Massachusetts.