The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 82 percent of front seat passengers and 84 percent of adult drivers in the United States wore seat belts in 2011. Seat belts play an essential role in the maintaining the safety inside of a vehicle in the event of a motor vehicle collision. Sadly, auto accidents remain the leading cause of death for those ages 5 to 34 years old. In response to the growing number of car crashes each year, auto manufacturers have continued their effort to improve the overall safety of vehicles.
Seat belts are one of the most frequently used safety features inside of a vehicle. Due to the massive appeal and buzz surrounding the benefits of this safety device, minimal attention is given to seat belt injuries. While safety belts certainly provide protection in many cases, there are a number of situations where seat belts actually cause harm to those wearing them during an auto accident.
Seat belt use has come a long way since their introduction. In fact, when compared to the first documentation of seat belt use in 1983, today’s seat belt usage rates for passengers and drivers is 6 times that of its initial usage rates. Because seat belts are constructed to protect passenger occupants, many people have a hard time understanding the threat of seat belt injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury due to a seat belt in a motor vehicle collision, Gordon & Doner is here to guide you through the litigation process.
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Seat Belt Quick Facts
Auto accident injuries occur every 15 seconds in the United States. While the specific source of injury certainly varies, seat belts are certainly to blame for a portion of them, even if that portion may be slight. Through the constant attention placed on seat belt’s positive attributes, it is difficult to gain an understanding of how seat belts serve as a detriment at times. The following are some important facts about safety belts and seat belt injuries:
Lap seat belts commonly cause spine injuries
When any skin abrasions are present on the neck, chest, or abdomen, an internal injury is present in 30 percent of crash cases
Diagonal belts and combination lap-and-diagonal belts often lead to damage to the upper abdomen, ribs, and sternum
The most common cause of seat belt injuries is improper use or wear
If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries following a motor vehicle collision, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages in which you have endured. Gordon & Doner is currently taking cases throughout the entire state of Florida. We work with our clients to develop an action plan that achieves the maximum compensation possible.
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Symptoms of Seat Belt Injuries
One of the most terrifying factors about seal belt injuries lies in the fact that they are largely difficult to recognize, especially immediately following a motor vehicle crash. Each year seat belts save thousands of lives when an accident occurs. However, there are many cases where the seat belts present in the event of a crash actually cause harm to the passenger occupants. Because many seat belt injuries take several days to appear following a collision, accident victims must be aware of the following seat belt injury symptoms:
When an accident victim experiences abdominal pain, this may indicate that kidney damage has occurred. Pain between the hips and rips is another common indicator of kidney damage.
When organs are compressed during a crash, urinary tract or bladder damage may occur. Seat belt injuries commonly cause constipation, bleeding, colon obstruction, and/or endometriosis.
When an accident victim is having trouble breathing regularly, this may signify damages to the lungs, chest, or heart.
Feeling general weakness, especially in the lower extremities, lower back, and abdomen, may indicate internal injuries.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries linked to Motor vehicle crashes . However, a stiff neck may mean that far worse damage has taken place, such as a spinal cord injury.
Contact an auto accident lawyer Today
Gordon & Doner strongly believes that when a driver suffers injury following an accident in which they did not cause, they are entitled to compensation from the losses that they have suffered.
The at fault driver in a motor vehicle collision must be held liable for the property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated with the accident victim. Therefore, our personal injury attorneys work diligently to prepare a case that achieves the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
With offices in Stuart, Palm Beach Gardens, and Pembroke Pines, we are able to provide professional legal services to clients across the state of Florida. If you or a loved one has suffered seat belt injuries, Gordon & Doner is ready to take on your case today.
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