Seat Belt Injury
Some injuries sustained from accidents are caused by seat belts. Improper fastening of seat belts or seat belt malfunctions are common reasons many such injuries occur. The type of injury a passenger receives is dependent on the construction of the seat belt as well as the way it is fastened or worn.
When an automobile comes to a sudden stop, so do the passengers of the vehicle, either by restraint or collision. Seat belt injuries usually occur when the force of the incident is severe or the seat belt is used in an improper fashion. Many seat belt defects actually cause or increase the severity of accidents that result in injury. Seat belts can also be accidentally released, causing either additional injury or even death.
Seat Belt Injury Types
Use of the shoulder belt while not fastening the lap belt can cause passengers to slip under the belt, which can result in strangulation or other serious neck injury. Other injuries include those to the chest and related organs. Some incidents result in the passenger’s head moving back and forth in a whiplash motion, sometimes hitting the steering wheel. A loose seatbelt invites the passenger to slide below the belt, which can result in abdominal organ injury.
Other common seatbelt injuries include:
- Carotid artery (head and neck artery) injuries
- Skin abrasions
- Spinal injuries/trauma
- Throat injuries
- Chest/rib/shoulder fractures
- Abdominal injuries
- Internal injuries
If you or someone you know has sustained a bodily injury as a result of poor seatbelt design or failure,contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.