When Seat Belts Fail
Catchy phrases like “click it or ticket” are an effective part of various government-sponsored ad campaigns encouraging drivers to always use their seat belts. It has been illegal for a driver not to wear a seat belt for some time and recently the law has expanded to include passengers as well.
Using a seat belt can be the difference between life and death in an accident but unfortunately, sometimes even the most diligent drivers who click their belts the second that they enter a car are the victims of seat belt failure.
Seat belt failure is particularly emotionally jarring to victims as they had a sense of security when they clasped their belts. No one wants to believe that the very device that is intended to save their life in the event of a crash may suddenly give way just when it is needed most.
Sadly, faulty seat belts do just that. These belts tend to only show their malfunction when faced with the incredible pressure a body exerts when being thrust forward during a wreck.
Types of Seat Belt Malfunctions
Seat belts tend to break down in two different ways. The failure may be a result of a badly designed or manufactured buckle that appears to be secure and may even click but then gives way under pressure or it may be the fabric of the belt itself. If the fibers in the belt are not woven properly, the belt itself can splinter or break in half during a wreck.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as the result of a seat belt failure or other auto defect, contact the Madison automobile defect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.