Seatbelt Injuries in Car Accidents

Seat belt injuries are very common occurrences in car crashes. These injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, depending on the specific details of the accident. However, while these injuries are very common, they are the result of the seat belt being designed in order to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a catastrophic accident. No matter the circumstances of these injuries, by exercising safe driving habits on the road and decreasing the number of car accidents that occur, seat belt related accidents can be prevented. If you or someone you know has been injured by a seat belt, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.

It is important to understand why injuries caused by seat belts happen. Seat belts are designed to prevent the body from sudden involuntary movement. In order to do so, seat belts are made with a mechanism that locks upon sudden movement. When high-speed accidents occur, the seat belt locks to restrict the body from hitting the dashboard or the windshield. This mechanism has saved and continues to save millions of lives involved in major car accidents every year.

Depending on the specific details of your accident, there are a variety of ways the body can be injured by the seat belt in a car accident. One of the most common types of seat belt related injuries are injuries to the ribs or chest. This can be a result of incorrectly wearing the seatbelt under the arm, but may also happen when wearing the seat belt correctly. In either event, bruised chest muscles or cracked ribs are not uncommon.

Another commonly seen seat belt related injury also results from the improper use of the mechanism. These are closed head injuries, resulting in head trauma and brain injuries. In most of these cases, the seat belt is worn with the strap behind the person. This prevents the seat belt from doing what it was designed to do so the body is abruptly or violently propelled forward. This results in the individual hitting their head on the steering wheel, dashboard or window. These head injuries can have serious and life changing consequences.

Injuries commonly seen as a result of wearing the seat belt the proper way are often minor and usually consist of some bruising. This is because in a car accident, car momentum stops immediately but body movement does not. The body continues to thrust in the direction it was moving in and the seat belt forces it to stop before hitting anything in the car. This results in the seat belt being tight across the body, usually creating burns or bruises across the neck, chest and shoulder.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a seat belt in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation, while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (877) 504-5562. You may also contact us by email at [email protected].

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