Seatbelt Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents


June 23, 2016

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Seatbelt Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents Can Result in Very Serious Pain and Suffering

Seatbelts are the most common and most important safety device in a motor vehicle.  They have dramatically reduced the number of serious injuries and deaths caused from motor vehicle accidents.  However, sometimes seatbelts can be the cause of some injuries that would not have normally happened but for the seatbelt.  Meaning, the seatbelt was the cause of the injury.

A victim of a car accident may be entitled to get compensation for seatbelt injuries.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and sustained injuries due to the seatbelt, contact the Caurso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 308-1556.  Our experienced car accidents attorneys have handled many types of seatbelt injuries caused by car accidents and fought for the compensation the victims desired.

How Seatbelts Can Cause Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

While seatbelts do a tremendous amount of good, they can be the sole creator of an injury.  In a car accident, a motor vehicle comes to a sudden, violent stop.  This requires the seatbelt to restrain the still-moving occupants of the vehicle, as the occupants vehicle are still moving forward even though the motor vehicle is not.  This creates pressure on several points of the body, including the shoulder, collar bone, hips, and abdomen.

When worn correctly, automobile companies have constructed seatbelts to take these pressure points into account and reduce the friction and force on the body.  However, when the collision is simply too violent, the seatbelt is defective, or the seatbelt is improperly worn, an occupant can still receive significant injuries at these locations.

Types of Seatbelt Injuries Caused in Albuquerque Car Accidents

Generally, seatbelt injuries are minor and merely involve uncomfortable pressure.  Sometimes there can be bruising or even scrapes from the restraints.  The more severe the collision and the deceleration of the body, the more significant the seatbelt injuries.

In very severe and catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, like tractor trailer accidents, the seatbelt will likely cause more significant injuries.  While this sounds like a bad thing, the seatbelt is preventing you from more devastating and possibly fatal injuries which are more likely without the seatbelt.  Some common times of seatbelt injuries include the following:

  • Lacerations on the chest and abdomen;
  • Organ bruising or organ ruptures, or other similar injuries;
  • Broken collarbones;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Whiplash injuries;
  • Shoulder dislocations;
  • Brachial plexus injuries;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Broken ribs;
  • Hip strains;
  • Groin strains;
  • and other serious injuries.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 308-1556  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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