Seat belts save lives – 14, 955 lives, to be exact. That’s the number of lives saved thanks to seat belts during the year 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, seat belts can be defective, it is not uncommon for them to fail, and when that happens, victims can suffer severe injuries.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a seat belt malfunction, call The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC at 505-865-9696, an experienced New Mexico Law Firm who has the experience and resources to represent you.
How Does Seat Belt Failure Happen?
Seat belt failure can occur due to a variety of factors, such as:
- Poor seat belt design
- Manufacturing defects or mistakes
- Weak or faulty materials used in the seat belt
- Retracting flaws that produce too much slack in the seat belt
- A faulty latch that looks to be completely locked in place, even when it is not secured at all.
- Unexpected unlatching that commonly occurs due to sheer force.
- The absence of a three-point harness, which is standard in many older vehicles.
One of the biggest causes of seat belt failures has to do with webbing defects. That is, the design may be flawed in a way that allows for tearing and splitting over time. Upon impact in an accident, a split and torn safety restraint is virtually ineffective. Also, the seat belt latch can give way upon impact.
Some materials are weaker and flimsier than others, which makes even a small tear dangerous as it can be destroyed with enough force, as well as the latch malfunctioning.
Seat Belt Malfunction Can Cause Serious Injury
When seat belts fail, people often get hurt. While there are several accident factors that can lead to injury, defective seat belts can directly cause or intensify injuries. The injuries suffered from faulty seat belts range from minor cuts and broken bones to spinal cord injuries to death.
Here are a few of the common injuries that seat belt malfunctions cause:
- Bumps, bruises and contusions
- Fractured bones
- Head or brain trauma known as Traumatic Brain Injury
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Partial or complete paralysis
Many people who are injured in an auto accident are not even aware that their seat belts failed. At the Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC we can help you evaluate and determine if you have a automobile liability case against the car manufacture for a seat belt malfunction leading to tragic injury. You must preserve the vehicle so we can have it sent to our experts for evaluation of a seat belt failure.
Contact The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC at 505-865-9696 to Determine if You Have a Defective Seat Belt Claim by One of the Most Experienced New Mexico Law Firms to Evaluate Your Claim
It’s very difficult to challenge multibillion auto corporations to seek compensation for damages. This is particularly true because these companies have insurance companies on their side and their own legal teams to fight against injury claims.
Don’t go it alone. Hire The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC, call 505-865-9696 we have the experience and resources to evaluate your seat belt malfunction claim recognized as a Top 10 Top 100 and Super Lawyer in the United States.