Sugar Land-Based Seat Belt Defect Lawyer
"Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Seat belts save thousands of lives every year. If seat belts are defective, however, they may do more harm than good. A defective seat belt can cause a driver or passenger to experience considerable injury in a collision.
Seat Belt Defects & Their Causes
A seat belt may malfunction in various ways. The buckle may open or unlatch upon impact in a collision or even when a vehicle comes to a sudden stop. The seat belt itself may dislodge from its permanent mount in the vehicle. The seat belt strap may also tear or rip during impact. These three scenarios render the seat belt completely useless. An ill-fitting shoulder harness or lap belt may cause lacerations, contusions, bone fractures and even internal organ damage in a collision. A seat belt that fails to unlatch after an accident can prove equally harmful, preventing a vehicle occupant from escaping smoke, fire or other hazards.