Seatbelts are part of the safety system designed to protect the occupants of a vehicle in the event of an auto accident and should be worn properly at all times while the vehicle is in operation. Properly designed and manufactured seatbelts can save those wearing them from serious injury or death. Sometimes, however, seatbelts fail to secure the user in the event of an accident and can cause whiplash, ejection, and other devastating injuries. Typical forms of seatbelt failure include:
- Inadvertent or unintentional unlatching. This occurs when the buckle latch is easily unintentionally disengaged.
- Seat lap belt only. This occurs when there is no diagonal shoulder strap to restrain the upper torso.
- Excessive seat belt slack. This occurs when the shoulder strap does not snuggly fit across the occupant’s chest.
- Shoulder belt spool-out injuries. This occurs when the shoulder strap does not lock in the event of an accident.
- Seatback failure. This occurs when the seatback collapses due to the seatbelt pressing the weight of the occupant against the seat back in a rear end collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective automobile please contact the attorneys at Pope McGlamry, we will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation please contact out attorneys at (Atlanta-877-285-7656 or Columbus-877-265-7656) or contact us online.