Carmakers are always on the lookout for the next big thing in safety, or are taking steps to remedy a faulty safety feature. One need only look to the recent airbag recall to understand that how safe the parts of your car are impact the overall safety of your daily commute. While keeping up with the latest trends is a business necessity, sometimes the “newest” product is not yet ready for consumer use and can cause more harm than good.
A good example is that of the seatbelt. We always advocate for proper seatbelt use, but do recognize that even when used properly an injury from a seatbelt can result. For example:
- Seatbelts can constrict too tightly, causing damage to the sternum.
- Seatbelts can also cause an injury to the abdomen if the device does not have a little “give” on impact.
- In the case of pregnant women, seatbelts have been known to cause injury to unborn children.
The trend is for seatbelt use, and most states have at least secondary laws requiring motorists to buckle up. With an increase in laws requiring wearing a seatbelt, this is one safety trend that has hurt some, while helping others. To prevent an injury from a safety belt, make sure it worn properly and not too tight. The same is true for other types of safety devices. Never sit too close to the steering wheel, or allow a child to sit in the front seat unless they are tall enough to withstand the impact of an inflating airbag. With infant seats, make sure they are securely latched, and free from add-on objects such as rattles and toys. The impact on a personal injury case from a safety feature is an interesting topic. While we promote safe driving habits, we also realize sometimes the things meant to keep us free from harm can cause an injury. Call us today to learn more.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.