Injuries Caused by Defective Seat Belts


South Carolina Seat Belt Failure Lawyers

Injuries Caused by Defective Seat Belts

With the ever-growing number of cars on the road, car accidents are an inevitable part of life. It’s why every vehicle is legally required to have fully functional seat belts. Along with airbags, seat belts are the primary safety measure in an accident. A defective seat belt can cause the occupant to be seriously hurt, or even killed, during an accident. The manufacturer of the vehicle is fully responsible for the proper function of the seat belts within and can be held liable if they fail.

Seat Belt Failure Lawyers

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident due to a defective seat belt? If so, the  South Carolina seat belt failure attorneys at Joe and Martin can help get you the compensation you deserve. We are ready to represent you against even the largest, most powerful automotive companies. You may not even be aware of just how much compensation is due to you. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your case and let us help you make your claim. Call us toll-free today at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your legal rights.

How Can Seat Belts Fail?

Seatbelts have been rigorously tested since their inception and have been proven to significantly reduce the amount of injuries and deaths that would otherwise occur in car crashes. Although they cannot always completely guarantee our total safety, it is common knowledge that wearing seat belts vastly improves our chances of surviving an accident. A claim of negligence or product liability can be made against the manufacturer of any vehicle with a defective seat belt which directly results in the injury of its passenger(s).

Some of the more common seatbelt defects include the following:

  • Inertial unlatching – This occurs when the latch plate pulls out of the buckle during a collision. In spite of the auto industry’s claims, recent testing has demonstrated that accident level forces can actually cause the buckle button to depress and release the latch plate.
  • False latching – This occurs when the latch plate seems to be latched but is not fully engaged and thus susceptible to being pulled out from minimal amounts of force.
  • Torn or ripped webbing – Seat belt webbing is designed to withstand incredible amounts of force. When webbing tears, either something has gone terribly wrong or there is a huge design or manufacturing flaw in the webbing itself.
  • Retractor failure – In an accident, the retractor is supposed to lock the webbing and hold the occupant in place. Defective retractors may fail to properly lock, causing dangerous seat belt “slack.”
  • Poor geometry – When a seat belt does not come across the occupant at the right angle, this can allow excessive occupant excursion, particularly in rollover accidents.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety provides a list of seat belt tips, laws, safety recalls, and more, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Preserving Physical Evidence Is Key

It is of the utmost importance for an investigator to thoroughly examine the seat belts for signs of failure after an accident. This is why the car and the seat belt system must be kept untouched immediately following an accident. This investigation and the post-accident condition of the car can greatly affect the strength of a claim of negligence against an auto manufacturer. A poor investigation caused by a tainted accident scene can cost the victim a substantial amount of otherwise deserved and fair compensation.

The Right Accident Law Firm for You

Our clients are our top priority. From the moment you contact us, your questions and concerns are handled by our personal injury attorneys and we will immediately go to work on your claim. We believe in keeping you up to date with your case every step of the way. We pride ourselves in securing the fullest and most fair amount of compensation possible for our clients, but our ultimate goal is our clients' complete satisfaction. Contact Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys today to find out for yourself. You can fill out our online contact form, or reach us at (843) 357-8888 for a FREE consultation.