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Bakersfield Seatbelt Injury Lawyer

Seatbelt Malfunction in Car Accidents

When we are involved in a car accident, we rely on our seatbelt to function properly, offering the full protection it was designed to provide. When a seatbelt malfunction occurs before, during or after a car accident, this may cause serious injury to an unsuspecting driver or passenger. If you sustained a seatbelt injury in any type of car accident in the Bakersfield area of California, an attorney at our law firm may be able to assist you. Our attorneys represent accident and injury victims, taking care to provide the personal attention combined with the aggressive representation they rightfully deserve.

How Seatbelts Malfunction

A seatbelt may malfunction in several different ways:

  • A seatbelt may become unlatched during an accident due to a faulty design. Impact to the back of the buckle or a protruding release button may increase the likelihood of unlatching during an accident.
  • A seatbelt may fail to unlatch following a car accident, placing a driver or passenger at risk of injury due to water immersion or a fire, if the vehicle is submerged in water or if the vehicle catches fire or is in danger of exploding.
  • The design of a seatbelt itself may cause a driver to sustain serious injury in a car accident. For example, poor placement of the lap belt or shoulder belt may mean that the driver will be improperly restrained in the event of a collision, resulting in catastrophic neck or spinal cord injuries, or internal organ damage.

Consult a Bakersfield Car Accident Attorney

Acting quickly to seek the counsel of a Bakersfield car accident attorney is important, particularly when a seatbelt malfunctioned and caused increased injury to you or a loved one. A lawyer experienced in handling these claims can investigate the circumstances of the accident and determine whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit against not only the driver who caused the accident but also against the seatbelt manufacturer for a defective product. In doing so, we can work to maximize your financial recovery.

To learn more about how seatbelt malfunction may affect your car accident case, contact a Bakersfield seatbelt injury lawyer at our offices today.