Glendale Seatbelt Injury Attorneys
When you get into your car and put on your seatbelt, you assume you will be much safer if an accident occurs. And while statistics demonstrate that your safety is greatly increased, seatbelts also have a risk of defects and may fail.
If seatbelts are not manufactured and installed correctly, occupants of a vehicle are at risk of having their seatbelt disconnecting, loosening, being torn, or other possible scenarios. If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries due to seatbelt failure, you have the right to pursue compensation for all damages.
There are several common points of failure in a seatbelt, which include:
- False latching: When you connect your seatbelt, and it appears to be latched securely but is not, so any amount of force can pull your seatbelt off and put you at extreme risk.
- Improper anchoring: Even if the seatbelt itself is manufactured correctly, it can still fail through improper anchoring to the vehicle’s frame.
- Retractor failure: Your seatbelt is kept snug on your body by the retractor, which is responsible for pulling the belt tight at all times. If this mechanism fails, you may not be adequately restrained in an accident.
- Material or webbing defects: If the belt itself is poorly designed and fabricated, it can easily tear during an accident and leave you free from restraint.
- Accidental unlatching: An accident may cause an object or body part to unlatch a seatbelt accidentally.
- Manufacturing errors: Some seatbelts malfunction for unexplained manufacturing defects that render the seatbelt more dangerous than beneficial.
- Poor design: Some seatbelts cause injuries even when they are installed and function properly.
Seatbelt injuries are surprisingly common, with thousands of seatbelt-related injuries reported each year. Some of the most common injuries in these cases include:
- Internal organ injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine and neck injuries
- Bowel and stomach injuries
Determining liability in a seatbelt injury case is a complex process that involves careful examination and consultation with experts in the subject. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our talented attorneys work with some of the best forensic experts in the industry, and we analyze all factors involved in an accident. We may find one or more of the following to be liable for a seatbelt injury:
- The seatbelt manufacturer
- The automobile manufacturer
- A third-party who installed the seatbelt
- Aftermarket installers who modified the vehicle
- The seat manufacturer
Even if your seatbelt operated as it was designed, you may still have a case against the manufacturer for a faulty or defective product.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident due to a poorly designed or malfunctioning seatbelt, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. You might be eligible to be compensated for the impact the injuries have on your life, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
At Aghabegian and Associates, PC, our talented Glendale car accident attorneys are often called upon to represent victims in automobile accidents who suffered severe injuries due to seatbelt malfunction. We have over two decades of experience, and we fight aggressively for our clients to recover fair and full compensation. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and our clients pay nothing in legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.
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