Seat Belt Injuries
There are a number of things that could cause injuries during a car accident. In some instances occupant’s seat belts can cause injuries to the occupants. This article will discuss how seat belt injuries occur, how they can be prevented and legal issues arising.
While it has been statistically proven that wearing a seat belt while travelling in a motor vehicle saves lives, there are times that wearing a seat belt alone does not ensure the safety of the drivers and passengers involved in a car accident. It must be noted that while the majority of seat belt injuries are minor, some injuries caused by seat belts can be severe.
During an accident a car comes to a sudden stop. The seat belt acts as a restraint to the driver or passenger in a moving vehicle. A seat belt prevents severe injury when it is worn properly and functions as intended. The seat belt itself can cause injury to a driver or passenger. However, this is based on the severity of the accident or how tight the restraint is. If there is a seat belt malfunction, the seat belt is improperly placed on the body or a manufacturer defect; all this can result in a seat belt injury.
Types of Injuries
Most seat belt injuries are minor and include bruises and scrapes as a result of the restraints depending on the severity of the accident. Lap belts are responsible for internal injuries to the abdomen and the spinal cord, while shoulder belts often result in injuries to the shoulder, neck and sternum. The most serious injuries that can be caused by seat belts include:
- internal bleeding
- spine injuries
- intestinal injuries
One of the keys to preventing seat belt related injuries is properly placing a seat belt on a vehicle occupant.
Legal issues relating to seat belt injuries include the following:
- Defective seat belts – defects in the seat belt restraint system.
- Insufficient seat belts