According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts are the most effective safety device in an automobile for both injury and death prevention during an accident. Since 1975, an estimated 225,000 lives have been saved simply because people have chosen to wear a seat belt.
Essentially, a seat belt is a safety device designed to secure a vehicle’s occupants against any harmful movements that could occur during an auto accident. The seat belt reduces an occupant’s chance of becoming injured or killed by decreasing the force of secondary impacts with interior strike hazards by keeping occupants in the correct position for the maximum effectiveness of the air bag. They also prevent occupants from being ejected from the vehicle during accidents or rollover collisions.
If you or a family member is suffering from injuries caused by a seat belt following an auto accident, the car accident attorneys at Simien & Simien, LLC, believe that the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages. We proudly offer injury victims 100 percent FREE case reviews to help determine the merits of your claim and we don’t get paid unless we recover.
Common Types Of Safety Belts
In the early 19th century an English engineer by the name of George Cayley developed the first seat belt, while it was patented in the United States in 1885. These seat belts were intended to secure the person to a fixed object. It wasn’t until 1958 when the first patent was awarded for the use of seat belts in automobiles. Since then, several types of seat belts were invented in order to increase the safety of occupants.
Some types of seat belts include:
Unfortunately, all types of seat belts may still cause injuries to occupants if they are used incorrectly, or if an accident is severe enough.
Types Of Seat Belt Injuries
Severe accidents may cause several types of injuries, including injuries caused by seat belts. Although, we may do everything we can to prevent injuries from occurring, seat belts can still cause a great amount of damage due to the massive force created during an auto accident.
Some types of seat belt injuries include:
- Chest wounds
- Herniated disks
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Even though seat belts may still cause injuries, it is highly recommended to wear seat belts at all times while traveling in your vehicle.
Common Defects In Safety Restraints
When seat belts are being manufactured there may be a number of mistakes which take place that can turn a seat belt into a dangerous weapon, rather than the safety feature it was intended to be.
Some seat belt defects may include:
- Assembly errors
- Design flaws
- Lack of supervision
- Lack of warning labels
- Malfunctioning parts
If you are suffering from any type of injury following a car accident, it is advised to seek medical attention. This will allow you to properly recover for your injuries.
Contact Our Compassionate Louisiana Attorneys Today
At Simien & Simien, LLC, our personal injury attorneys have great sympathy for those who are suffering from injuries following an auto accident and offer free case evaluations to all injured victims. Simply complete the form at the top of this page or give us a call at 800-374-8422 today.
Based in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, our attorneys are able to serve throughout the entire state and elsewhere needed, all while operating on a contingency fee basis. So, we will not get paid for our services unless you recover for your losses and damages.