Seatbelt Failures

Most individuals in San Antonio are unaware that all too often seat belts fail at the most critical time. A seatbelt is the one thing that may be the difference between life and death in a car accident. Unfortunately, many of us forget to wear our seat belts, causing occupants to fly into the windshield or dashboard in the event of a collision. While remembering to wear your seatbelt is your responsibility, manufacturing a safe and reliable seatbelt system is the responsibly of the car manufacturer. After being involved in an accident where your seatbelt failed to function properly, be sure to contact our San Antonio seatbelt failure attorneys at Carabin & Shaw so they can get you the compensation you deserve.

Our team of San Antonio lawyers represents those individuals injured or killed by seatbelt failures. A seat belt injury can result from a number of defects. A seat belt must withstand violent forces during a front-end collision, or rollover. Held to strict government standards, these safety devices are critical to you and your family members' safety. Some of the common types of seatbelt defects include:

  • Seatbelt latches unlatching during collisions
  • Lap belts that can cause serious spinal and internal injuries
  • Spooling problems causing too much slack or a failure to hold
  • Automatic and door mounted seatbelts leading to "submarining" or ejecting of vehicle occupants
  • Seatbelts breaking free of their moorings

Seat Belt manufactures try hard to provide the best protective devices in the event of an accident, yet sometimes they do not function as they should. It is the responsibility of the seat belt manufacture and the automobile manufacturer to test the seat belts properly to be sure they will keep the passenger safe in a collision. Unfortunately, even with proper testing, auto manufactures are often not implementing new technology as it comes available which tends to allow outdated systems to be implemented in new vehicles. There have been several cases of recalls on seat belts because clients found defects. A proper investigation will be imperative to your case. Our attorneys will make finding the cause of your accident or injury their top priority.

When it comes to seatbelt failures, you have the right to sue manufacturers for punitive damages or compensatory damages. Punitive damages intend to penalize the companies for wrongdoing. In this instant the plaintiff is not typically compensated, but in filing a claim it discourages manufacturers from putting out faulty products and encourages them to implement better safety testing. However, compensatory damages are there to reimburse victims for suffering, medical expenses and any other finances lost as a result of an accident. Our attorneys are well versed in recovering damages for victims and will fight to get you the compensation you need. After being involved in car accident in San Antonio the best thing you can do for you and your family is contact one of our Lawyers so they can assist you in recouping your losses

Seatbelt failures can lead to a variety of serious and sometimes fatal injuries like a crushed pelvis, spinal cord injury, head injury, and other serious injuries. These injuries can cause life long pain and suffering that can severely cost the victim. This is why it is important to be sure and promptly seek medical attention after being involved in an accident, that way you have a record of your pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been injured in San Antonio as a result of Defective Seatbelts, contact our seasoned attorneys at Carabin & Shaw so we can help prove your case and get you the financial award you need.

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