Seat Belt Defects Cause Death and Serious Injury
Seat belts are one of the most important safety advances in the history of the automotive industry. Since they were first introduced in 1964, seat belts have undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.
Today, drivers depend on seat belts to protect them and their passengers in an accident. However, a variety of seat belt defects can cause seat belts to unbuckle or otherwise fail to perform in a collision or rollover accident. When the seat belt fails to function properly, vehicle occupants can suffer extremely serious injuries and wrongful death.
If you were injured because of a seat belt defect, the California personal injury attorneys of The Reeves Law Group can help you recover monetary compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and property damage.
Putting Profits Over Safety
Millions of vehicles on the road today have defective seat belts. In many cases, manufacturers were aware of the defects but failed to take action to protect their customers. By putting profits over safety, car makers put consumers at risk of serious personal injury and death.
Injuries from these defects can happen for a number of reasons, including:
Inertial unlatching: In an accident, seat belts are subjected to a massive amount of force. Sometimes a seat belt buckle comes unlatched because of the force of the accident. This leaves the occupant unrestrained and at risk of injury and ejection from the vehicle. Inertial unlatching can happen in any type of accident, but is a particular problem in vehicle rollovers.
Lap belts only: The lack of shoulder belts in the rear and middle seats on some vehicles can cause serious and even fatal internal injuries.
Defective lap or shoulder belt retractors — When retractors fail, they allow too much slack in the lap or shoulder belt. Even a few inches of slack can make the difference between surviving an accident unharmed and suffering a serious injury or death.
Torn or Ripped Webbing — Defects in the seat belt webbing can be the cause of a serious injury. Tears can be by manufacturing defects or by contact with sharp objects or seat components during the accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
To learn if we can be of assistance to you, please contact us today. We offer a free consultation to review your case and explain your legal rights and options. If you decide to retain The Reeves Law Group as your legal representative, you will pay no up front costs and no attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you.
For effective representation in seat belt defect claims, you can rely on the California personal injury attorneys of The Reeves Law Group. Please contact us today at (800) 644-8000 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.