Seatbelt Injury Lawyers in Phoenix
In Arizona, all drivers, passengers, and anyone under the age of 16 must wear a seatbelt the entire time they are in a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, these very safety devices can cause injuries during a crash. When this happens, you should speak to a Phoenix car accident lawyer who can help you claim the compensation you may deserve.
Most often, these injuries are a result of the body moving forward against the seatbelt. As the seatbelt tightens and holds a person in place, it can place stress on a person’s abdomen, chest, internal organs, and bones. The most common seatbelt injuries include:
- Chest injuries: The sternum is a bone located in the middle of the chest. As the seatbelt places pressure on the sternum during a crash, the bone can become fractured. This injury is extremely painful, and the broken bone can also cause other complications.
- Abdominal injuries: Seatbelts are strapped directly across a person’s abdomen. In the event of a crash, they can dig into the skin and cause a person to sustain abrasions or internal organ trauma. In addition, the lap belt portion of a seatbelt can cause injuries to a person’s hips, intestines, kidneys, or gallbladder.
- Rib injuries: Like a broken sternum, broken ribs are an extremely painful injury and can cause complications, such as a punctured lung.
- Shoulder injuries: Most seatbelts today are strapped across at least one shoulder. In the event of a sudden stop, the muscles and tendons of the shoulder can be pulled or torn, resulting in a reduced range of motion.
Many seatbelt injuries do not present symptoms for several days following the car accident. Accident victims should know what to look for, so they can better understand if they sustained a seatbelt injury. The most common symptoms are:
- Pain between the hips and ribs, which can indicate damage to the kidneys
- Bruises and swelling, which could indicate internal bleeding
- Difficulty breathing, indicating chest injuries
- General weakness or fatigue, most often caused by internal injuries
- Neck stiffness, most commonly due to whiplash or a spinal cord injury
- Pain that doesn’t go away
Typically, seatbelt and auto manufacturers cannot be held liable for seatbelt injuries that arise after a crash. In most cases, the person who caused the accident will be liable for any injuries arising from the crash, even those caused by a seatbelt.
Determining who was at fault for an accident is not as easy as it may sound. This is particularly true in the case of a hit-and-run, or a minor accident where nobody exchanged their information.
If you have been in a car accident in Phoenix and sustained injuries from a seatbelt, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280. We will conduct a full investigation to determine who was responsible for the crash, and we will be aggressive in holding them liable for paying compensation to you. Don’t think you have to fight this alone. Call us today and speak to our team, which has experience getting successful outcomes in cases just like yours.