Seatbelts are widely considered one of the most significant safety features in vehicles. In 2017, seatbelts saved almost 15,000 lives. Everyone has heard the horror stories about the devastating injuries that can result when drivers or passengers get into accidents and are not wearing seatbelts. In some cases, even when occupants of a vehicle are wearing seatbelts, the seatbelt fails to protect them. Seatbelts are the last line of defense in the event of a car accident. Unfortunately, in most instances, a seatbelt’s defective nature will not be noticed until a crash occurs and the restraint is needed. When a seatbelt is defective, devastating injuries and even fatalities can happen in even relatively minor accidents. In some cases, faulty seatbelts can cause more harm than good.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car accident due to a defective seatbelt, you may be able to file a claim against the seatbelt manufacturer, automaker and/or other parties responsible for your injuries. Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has battled to obtain over $150 Million in verdicts and settlements for people who are injured in Buffalo, New York and beyond. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of highly experienced and top rated seatbelt defects injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York possess the expertise required to methodically investigate your defective seatbelt case, and ensure that you are in a position to receive the highest possible recovery for your injuries. Call us today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.Common Seatbelt Defect Injuries
Seatbelts that are poorly designed, incorrectly installed or used improperly can cause occupants of vehicles severe injuries or even death. While the velocity of a collision and the type of seatbelt defect contribute to the type of injuries suffered, faulty seatbelts can greatly exacerbate or even directly cause injuries. A wide spectrum of injuries from minor scrapes and bumps to life-changing spinal cord injuries can result from seatbelt failures. Frequently occurring injuries from seatbelt defects can include:
- Fractured or broken bones;
- Internal bleeding or organ damage;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Severe head trauma;
- Various neck and back injuries;
- Quadriplegia or tetraplegia; and
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When a seatbelt is defective, even someone who was properly wearing their seatbelt at the time of a collision can suffer severe injuries. While each case is unique, some factors that may be used to prove that your seatbelt was indeed faulty include:
- Too much slack in the seatbelt;
- Frayed or ripped webbing of the seatbelt;
- Seatbelts that are not mounted to the frame of the vehicle;
- Seatbelt latches that do not latch or lock properly;
- Shoulder or lap-only belts;
- Faulty shoulder belt retractors;
- Seatbelts that are positioned too low to fully protect users;
- When a vehicle occupant is found without a seatbelt after the crash, even though he or she was belted before the crash;
- Occupants smashing into objects directly in front of them, such as front seats, the windshield or the dashboard; and
- Seatbelts that have been torn away from their anchors.
If you, or a loved one, were injured because of a defective seatbelt, you want the best Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of Buffalo, New York defective and faulty seatbelt injury lawyers are dedicated to safeguarding the legal rights of consumers that suffered serious injuries. Contact us today at 716-839-3939. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week for your free consultation.
Seatbelt and/or car designers, manufacturers and distributors throughout the country have a legal duty to ensure that their seatbelts do not pose an unreasonable safety risk to occupants of vehicles. Designers and manufacturers are required to make certain that their seatbelts comply with all safety standards and regulations. When injuries occur due to faulty or defective seatbelts, all responsible parties should be held liable. In many cases, seatbelt manufacturers and automakers are aware of faults in their seatbelts. Nevertheless, they make no effort to replace unsafe seatbelts, design safer seatbelts or notify consumers about the risks involved.
Similar to other product liability and personal injury cases, the plaintiff in a defective seatbelt case has the burden of proof. Product liability lawsuits are extremely technical, often requiring extensive research, investigation and analysis to prove. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. team has a long history of getting justice for victims of defective products. We will examine the past of seatbelt and automobile manufacturers to uncover any similar claims that were filed and evaluate their response to any safety concerns. Our experienced product liability attorneys will act promptly to formulate a sound legal strategy to increase your probability of receiving the maximum compensation for injuries.
Jed Dietrich, Esq., an Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney, has been handling serious personal injury cases since 1999 and has the experience and proven results to help you get the compensation you deserve. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of seatbelt defects injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York is highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking. We are determined, disciplined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for people injured by defective seatbelts in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; throughout New York State and beyond. Call us today!
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!