If you have recently been injured in an accident and you suspect that a defective vehicle part was behind those injuries, you should be aware of some of the most common causes of seatbelt failure. A seatbelt failure legal claim could be complex, and it’s important to investigate such an issue immediately if you suspect this made your injuries worse.
Your injuries may be made much worse in an accident and you may have an additional claim beyond that against the party who caused the accident for the manufacturer of a defective product such as your seatbelt. Seatbelts are an important consideration when purchasing a car but many people assume that they will function properly and the deceptive latching sound of your seatbelt may encourage you to think the matter has been handled. However, seatbelt failure can occur because of three primary causes.
These are known as retractor failure, spooling and seatbelt latch failure. Retractor failure happens when the tightening or the lock of the seatbelt should confine the occupant securely but this actions never occurs. Spooling happens when too much of the webbing in the seatbelt is let out which causes movement in the occupant and a failure of proper seatbelt latching. The final type of seatbelt failure that may happen to you is seatbelt latch failure, which means your seatbelt buckle can unlatch unexpectedly causing inadvertent latching or false latching. All of these situations can increase your chances of severe accidents and injuries. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney about what to do after you have been hurt in an accident caused by another person’s negligence is important.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines