Los Angeles Seat Belt Failure and Defects Attorney
When Safety Equipment Fails, You Have Recourse—and We Are Here to Help.
Over the last few decades, there has been a campaign to get all drivers to wear seat belts so they can be protected if they are involved in car crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles was responsible for saving 12,546 lives in 2010. Nevertheless, seat belts are not always failproof when it comes to keeping us safe. This is particularly the case when they are not made correctly.
Many seat belts have hidden deficiencies. They can have defective buckles that unlatch during an accident. Manufacturers often use cheap materials, which cause shoulder straps to fail during an impact. When a seat belt fails, the driver or passenger of a vehicle can be sent crashing into a steering wheel, a window or windshield, a console, another seat, or another person. In severe situations, the individual can be thrown out of the vehicle.
Catastrophic injuries that can result include:
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
Seat belt failure is one of many types of automobile defects that can occur. In some instances, the problem is recognized through recalls. For example, in March 2012, Subaru recalled more than 275,000 Forester crossovers because the NHTSA discovered that the back seat’s center-position seat belt might not provide enough security for a child-safety seat during an accident. In some cases, car and seat belt manufacturers might fail to notify the public about safety hazards, which can lead to even greater danger to drivers and passengers.
Ask our Los Angeles team for a free consultation if a faulty seat belt caused you or a loved one to be injured. Call us at (866) 884-1717 for help.
Representation for Seat Belt Failure
At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to successfully help our Los Angeles clients seek compensation for their injuries. We work with experienced automotive techs who can investigate the cause of a failure and provide valuable testimony in support of a client’s case. We also work one-on-one with clients’ physicians to determine the future care they will need as well as any lasting injuries or disabilities they should be compensated for.
When we fight for you, we ask for a fair settlement that includes:
- Medical expenses
- Hospitalization costs
- Lost income
- Pain & suffering
The team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation has won over $550 million on behalf of clients and has acquired a reputation for providing skilled advocacy and vigilant defense. We do everything we can to maximize your recovery after a bad accident.