One thing that responsible drivers and passengers do as soon as they sit down in a vehicle is put on their seat belts. As one of the most prominent features of any vehicle’s safety system, the seat belt is an essential and often effective safety measure that can prevent harm or injury in the event of an accident. When a seat belt is defective or flawed, however, it can fail to protect the passenger and lead to significant injuries in the event of an accident.
COMMON CAUSES OF DEFECTIVE SEAT BELTS
During the design, production, or maintenance of a vehicle, seat belts may experience something that creates a defect with the potential to cause a great deal of harm. A few causes of seat belt malfunctions include the following:
- Inherent design flaws
- Missing or confusing warning labels
- Errors made by manufacturers during assembly
Whatever caused the malfunction will be of great consequence to a victim during a collision in which he or she is depending on the restraint system to prevent injury. Unfortunately, defective seat belts can cause a number of injuries in addition to those that may be sustained during an accident, some of which include the following:
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Abdominal trauma
- Broken bones
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an automobile accident in which the seat belt caused additional damage or failed to operate properly, you may have grounds to pursue financial compensation from the manufacturer or other party responsible for the defect.
CONTACT A SAN ANTONIO AUTO DEFECT ATTORNEY
At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, our San Antonio auto defect attorneys want you to know that you do not have to face this situation alone. You are likely facing unexpected medical costs and significant emotional trauma in the wake of your or your loved one’s collision, and we are here to help make the legal process easier on you. Call us today at (210) 899-5440 for more information.