How Seat Belts Prevent Injury in Rollover Accidents
There are so many different types of automobile accidents, and each kind poses its own unique risks and potential injuries. Rollover crashes are among the most dangerous type of accidents, as they have a greatly increased risk of passengers being ejected out of the vehicle, as well as thrown around inside of the automobile. Both of these possibilities can mean serious injury or even death, so it is important to do everything you can to minimize the risk of this happening. There are several variables that can impact the possibility of fatality in a rollover crash, including how bad the accident is and how fast the vehicle rolls over, the type of vehicle that you are riding in, how badly the roof of the vehicle is crushed and whether the vehicle is equipped with side curtain airbags, but one of the most important considerations is whether or not the passenger is wearing a seat belt. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are here to help those who have been injured in all types of accidents, and are dedicated to providing you with the information that you need to avoid injury, including seat belt injuries.
One of the most important things that passengers need to understand is that seatbelt use not only reduces the risk of partial ejection from the vehicle but also almost completely eliminates the risk of complete ejection. Passengers in automobiles who have worn their seat belts during the crash still do have a slight risk of partial ejection if the vehicle that they are riding in is a light truck or van or the roof is inverted. This is also true if the passenger is a larger person. But when the passenger is not wearing a seat belt, the risk of complete ejection is much higher. Seatbelt use is the single biggest deciding factor in whether an auto occupant will be ejected in a rollover crash.
Despite this fact, it is also important for people to understand that some seat belts actually can cause seat belt injuries. This does not mean that you should not wear a seat belt. They clearly save lives. But if you suffer a seat belt injury in a rollover accident, or your seat belt fails in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation against the automobile manufacturer for the damages that you have suffered. This is particularly true if the vehicle that you are traveling in is a sport utility vehicle, a pickup truck or a light truck. This is in part because of a failure on the part of auto designers. Safety expert Joan Claybrook, who was the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for five years, has indicated that “Seat belts simply are not doing enough to protect vehicle occupants in rollover crashes.”
If you or someone you love has suffered a seat belt injury or was hurt as a result of a seat belt failure, we can help. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today for more information.