Common Seat Belt Injuries to Chest Muscles – Should You Call A Lawyer If You Have Been Injured?
Though there is no doubt that the use of seat belts has saved countless lives, there are also those that have been injured as a result of their use. It is common for people who have been in accidents to suffer seat belt injuries to chest muscles and other parts of their bodies – in fact there is now a medical term, seat belt syndrome, that describes abdominal injuries, chest injuries and lumbar spine fractures from that scenario. If you have suffered an injury due from a seat belt, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. The experienced car accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Attorney at law can advise you of whether your rights have been violated, and whether you are able to file a claim for the damages that you’ve suffered.
The majority of those who get into a car, whether as a driver or as a passenger, automatically strap on their seat belt. But this was not always the case. Seat belt legislation is relatively new, and was only introduced in the United States in 1968. That law required that vehicles be equipped with the belts in specific seats. Since that time seat belts themselves have come a long way, and so have the various laws that states have put into place regarding both their required installation and their use. Seat belts are designed to hold vehicle passengers’ bodies in place during a collision, but in some cases this leads to injuries. Most commonly, automobile restraint systems have been associated with sternal fractures, bowel trauma or lumbar spine injuries. These injuries are most often associated with the lap-type safety belts that are still found in the front seats of older vehicles and the middle back seats of current vehicles. The injuries also take place when people choose not to use the shoulder restraint portion of the more modern shoulder-harness system.
Three point seat belts are designed to spread the force of a collision’s impact across the strongest parts of the body in order to eliminate too much impact on one organ or area. Lap belts are not able to do this. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worked tirelessly to make the use of the lap/shoulder belts mandatory in all seats, but they were not able to accomplish this until 2007, meaning that many cars on the road today are not properly equipped.
Though there is no doubt that seat belts are among the most effective and important pieces of safety equipment installed in vehicles, the physical injuries that lap belts or improperly working three point systems can cause can be severe. If your seat belt injury was caused by a seat belt not working the way that it was intended to then the design or installation of the belts may have been at fault; if it was caused by a lap belt then and this means that those responsible for their manufacture or installation may be liable for your injuries. Call Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today to set up an appointment to review your case.
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