Seatbelt Injuries

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, there are over 2 million car accidents each year. Seatbelts were designed as a way to reduce the amount of injuries and deaths from these collisions. In order for seatbelts to work as intended, they must be worn properly and be designed in a way that prevents harm.

Seatbelts are designed to be worn in a certain way. Often children, and even some adults, will buckle their seatbelt but then pull the chest restraint around to be behind them, overly loosen the waist restraint, or otherwise alter the placement of the belts to get more comfortable. When this happens the seatbelt will not be able to restrain the passenger as intended. If the belt that goes across your body is moved behind you, then in the event of a collision your upper body will be able to fly forward and hit anything that is in front of you, whether it be another seat or the hard plastic dash. This will also cause excessive strain on your waist when your upper body suddenly jerks forward and back, and can cause whiplash or other brain trauma when your head jerks back into your headrest. Seatbelts were designed to be worn in a specific manner, and if this is changed then they will be unable to protect you.

Even if worn properly, according to the website of Ravid and Associates, there is still the risk of a seatbelt defect. Sometimes it is a design flaw, for example some seatbelts are designed with the release button on the front face of the buckle. In these types of designs, forces involved in a collision can cause the belt to release and leave the passenger exposed as if they were not wearing it at all. If the belts are not designed in a way that evenly distributes the forces then they can cause additional injuries. Sometimes, belts will rip, break free, or will not properly lock and allow the passenger to fly forward unintentionally.

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