Seat belts should be your first line of defense against injury in most motor vehicle accidents.
Seat-belts are designed to keep you safe and secure inside the vehicle at all times, particularly during an accident, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes during a high impact accident, seatbelts can unlatch and allow a passenger to be tossed about the inside of the vehicle without any protection, or potentially ejected from the car or truck. When a seatbelt fails in a serious accident the injuries are often catastrophic and include brain injury and spinal cord damage that may result in paralysis and possibly wrongful death.
Seatbelt Failure – Hold the Auto Company Liable
It’s undeniable that seatbelts have saved thousands of lives. Because of mandatory seatbelt laws, more people are now buckling up compared to years past. The upside is that more people are reaping the safety benefits of properly designed and functioning equipment. Another consequence of increased seatbelt use is that more seatbelt design flaws are becoming exposed. The most common design defects and failures involve seat belt buckles unintentionally unlatch during a collision, shoulder belts that allow too much slack (window shade seatbelt design), shoulder belt retractors that fail to hold under load, automatic or door mounted seatbelts that kill and injure when the door opens during a crash, shoulder-only belt strangulations and neck injuries, and dangerous lap-only backseat belts.
Contact a Law Firm with Experience Pursuing Justice against the Major Auto Manufacturers for Defective Seat Belts
At the Butler Law Group in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida we have handled numerous cases involving defective seat belts against many of the major automakers. We work with nationally recognized automotive design experts, engineers, and restraint system experts, we identify what led to a parts failure, why it occurred, and how it was causally related to the injuries suffered by our client.
Level the playing field – contact Florida attorney Howard G. Butler, Esq. Whether you live in Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Lake City, Gainesville, Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, or anywhere else in Florida, our attorneys are available to meet with you to discuss your motor vehicle defect case.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car or truck accident, and you believe a seatbelt failure was the cause, please contact us for a free consultation about your case.
Topics related to seatbelt failure include rollover accidents, roof crush accidents, automotive defects and catastrophic injuries.