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When Seat Belts Cause Injuries

We all know seat belts are the first and best line of defense in the event of an auto accident. But they don’t always work; and even when they do work, they can cause injury.
In January of this year, there were worries about a recall on 313,000 Hyundai Sonatas when a passenger’s seat belt failed in Buena Park, California. The air bags inflated, but the passenger’s seat belt broke off where it attaches to the car’s running board.

Even when seat belts work as they should, they can leave a series of wounds and abrasions known as seat belt syndrome. The belts can dig into the skin on impact, causing both internal and external injuries. So sometimes the belt may save your life, but it can seriously wound you in the process.

Seat Belt Use is the Law

Despite the possible dangers of seat belt use, it’s well established that it’s better to wear them. Besides, it’s the law. In 2013, seat belt use reached an all-time high of 87 percent, thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

Even though 87 percent of people were wearing seatbelts in 2013, nearly half of all Americans who died in crashes that year were not wearing seatbelts. That means the 13 percent of Americans who were not wearing seatbelts accounted for half of the automotive deaths in 2013.
Further, it’s estimated that seat belts saved an estimated 62,468 lives nationwide during the period from 2009 to 2013. So there’s no doubt that seat belts save lives when used correctly and assembled properly.

What Can You Do?

It’s important not to overestimate the likelihood of a badly constructed seat belt. It would be alarmist to say that you would be better off without one. So to make it absolutely clear: We are not advising you to go without a seat belt.
But it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any product recalls in the auto industry. Wearing your seat belt gives you the best chance of survival in the event of an accident, and staying informed about possible defects in your vehicle gives you the best chance of having them fixed before the worst should happen.

And if you are injured in an accident, contact a lawyer you can trust. In the aftermath of an auto accident, it is important to move quickly and get an investigation started as soon as you can. Be smart. Be safe. Be careful.

Injured? Contact us today.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be eligible for a personal injury claim. Contact Guajardo & Marks as soon as possible. Guajardo & Marks of Dallas have more than 20 years of experience and the knowledge and resources to effectively help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. If you have questions or wish to set up an appointment, contact us online or call us at 972.534.2837.