Can I Be Injured by a Seat Belt?

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over half (55 percent) of individuals who were killed in car accidents throughout 2008 weren’t wearing their seat belt. In response, multiple national campaigns have been launched and laws have been put into place since then to ensure everyone wears their seatbelt while in a moving vehicle.

These amazing safety devices, however, have been known to also cause injuries during accidents. Read on to learn more about seat belt injuries and how to prevent them.

What is a Seat Belt Injury?

Seat belts restrain your body during a high-speed collision, so it does protect you from fatal injuries or dangerous ejection situations. Despite this, these belts can also cause serious injuries due to the sheer level of force in a crash situation. Here are the most commonly impacted areas in seat belt injuries:

  • Ribs
  • Back
  • Internal organs
  • Head or neck
  • Shoulders
  • Chest

The symptoms of a seat belt injury are wide depending on the area of the body that was impacted. Although these belts can cause injuries, it’s still safer to wear them rather than risk even worse injury.

How Can I Prevent a Seat Belt Injury?

One of the biggest reasons that a seat belt will cause an injury during a crash is because it isn’t being worn properly. Too many drivers self-report not wearing a seat belt because it’s uncomfortable. Many choose to instead reposition the safety belt, which greatly increases the chances of sustaining a serious injury. Here are some basic safety tips to follow that can help prevent an injury:

  • The lap belt needs to be across your hips and not on your stomach
  • Resist the urge to put your shoulder strap behind your back or under your arm
  • Never place the seat belt in a way that it is uncomfortably tight or loose
  • The shoulder belt should be away from your neck and go across your chest

By following these tips, you can sharply reduce the chances of getting an injury from the belt during a motor vehicle accident. 

Do I Have the Legal Grounds to Pursue Compensation?

If your seat belt was defective in some way, then it may be possible to obtain compensation. This will only apply when there has been a flaw in the design or manufacturing process. Otherwise, your right to compensation hinges on who was at fault for the accident.

Contact a Clifton Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car crash in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Silverman & Roedel represent clients injured because of motor vehicle accidents in Paterson, Wayne, Newark, East Orange, Garfield, Hackensack, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-772-6411 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1187 Main Avenue, Suite 2C, Clifton, NJ 07011.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.