The Importance of Seat Belts
In recent years, with more vehicles on the roadway, car accidents have continually grown in number. Subsequently, the importance of safety features built into cars has also increased. The most basic safety device in an automobile after the brakes is the seat belt. These instruments are meant to prevent the driver being ejected from their seat in the event of a collision, and also to limit the likelihood that an individual will suffer whiplash and head injury.
To underscore the importance of these safety devices, many states have begun aggressive enforcement measures in support of existing seat belt laws. Police officers have the right to ticket drivers and passengers if they are pulled over for another offense and found without a seat belt, and have also started pulling motorists over for this as the primary offense. Many states have recently increased the fines associated with this citation in an attempt to reinforce the importance of this safety feature.
A seat belt is your first line of defense in the case of a collision, and often can be the difference between life and death. Therefore when a seat belt is defective or malfunctions in a moment of critical need, the consequences can be dire. The following are some of the problems that may be associated with a seat belt malfunction or defect:
- Severe contusions
- Severe lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial fractures
- Dental injuries
If you are coping with injuries caused by the negligence of another party, including an automaker that provided you with a defective seat belt, a civil lawsuit may be appropriate. Contact the Des Moines car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak with a skilled and experienced legal representative about your situation.