Seat belts are designed to protect people but sometimes they end up injuring the very people they are meant to protect. When seat belts are faulty, they can end up causing serious and long-term injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident due to a defective seat belt, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury lawyers can protect your rights every step of the way. We are dedicated to being zealous advocates for our clients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat car occupants by about 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by about 50 percent. In fact, the NHTSA found that seat belts prevented over 12,800 deaths in the United States in 2014.
While automobile manufacturers recognize that seat belts can save lives, they sometimes do not properly test these seat belts in high-speed situations. This is why, in some cases, seat belts can fail to serve their intended purpose at the time of the accident. Seat belts can malfunction in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
- Seat belts becoming unlatched during an accident;
- Seat beats being too loose to prevent drivers or passengers from flying forward.
Seat belts can be defective due to poor design or even flawed manufacturing. If you have been injured because of a defective seatbelt, you can likely file a products liability claim against the manufacturer. Products liability claims are typically rooted in strict liability. Strict liability means that the manufacturer’s liability does not depend on actual negligence or intent to harm. In other words, the manufacturer will strictly liable for injuries caused by a manufacturing defect or a design defect if the product was unreasonably dangerous when it left the manufacturer’s control.
If you were hurt by a defective seatbelt, your injuries may require a lengthy hospital stay or even surgery. You should not have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Fortunately, Florida law allows accident victims to recover from the at-fault party. These damages typically include medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and any other losses stemming from the accident. Of course, the exact amount of compensation will vary in each case based on the specific injuries suffered. However, you can rest assured that we will try to obtain the maximum amount of compensation in your case.
Unfortunately, when seat belts break during an accident, the consequences can be devastating. If you were injured due to a defective seat belt, you should reach out to a skilled Miami car accident attorney without delay. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we will assess the merits of your case and determine the viability of your claim. While we try to settle every case as efficiently as possible, we are not afraid to advocate for you in the courtroom. We proudly take on clients from across South Florida. To learn more, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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