Representation for New Yorkers Injured by Seatbelts

There is no doubt that seatbelts save lives – all statistics show the use of seatbelts has reduced fatalities in vehicle collisions. However, that does not mean they are wholly beneficial. Even when worn properly, seatbelts can cause serious injuries to passengers during a crash, including spinal injuries and ruptured abdominal organs.

It is vital that emergency services on the scene and medical providers later treating someone who was involved in a crash be aware of and recognize the signs of possible injuries from seatbelts. Delayed treatment of such injuries can be especially dangerous, and may be considered a form of medical negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a seatbelt, call a New York car accident lawyer at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 today. The driver responsible for your crash is also responsible for paying for these injuries.

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Types of Seatbelts

When it comes to motor vehicles, there are three common types of seatbelts:

  • Lap belt: This is a simple seatbelt that goes across a person’s lap and clasps either on the side near the hip or in the middle where two pieces come together. This is known as a “two-point” seatbelt because it has two end points. A lap belt without any shoulder support is likely to cause abdominal injury during a collision.
  • Sash: Also known as a shoulder harness, this belt goes across a person’s chest diagonally from one shoulder to the opposite hip. This is also a two-point belt, though sashes are typically found as separate seatbelts only in older vehicles. When worn without a lap belt, someone in a collision could slip under the restraint and suffer serious injuries.
  • Three-point: These have become increasingly common over the past few decades. They consist of both a lap belt and sash together as one piece, so that it connects at three points: both hips and one shoulder. Injuries from these kinds of seatbelts are less common than any two-point seatbelt.

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Common Seatbelt Injuries

Different injuries can occur based on the type of seatbelt being worn at the time of a collision. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Spinal damage: Injuries to the spine can occur as a result of wearing a lap belt during a collision. The sudden deceleration in a crash causes trauma to the spine, which can tear soft tissue and even separate vertebrae. If the injury is bad enough, it can cause complete paralysis.
  • Abdominal organ laceration: A lap belt can dig into a person’s stomach during a collision with such intensity that internal organs can be ruptured. If left untreated, this can lead to serious internal infections (like peritonitis) and blood poisoning.
  • Neck and head injuries: These are most likely to occur when only a sash belt is present, when someone “submarines” or goes under the belt in a collision. The person’s neck or head can get caught on the belt, and serious injuries or fatalities may occur as a result. Neck injuries also occur with three-point seatbelts, depending on how they are designed.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious seatbelt injury in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you deserve compensation for your suffering. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to talk about your options and determine what you need to do next.

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Additional Information

Our Car Accident Case Results

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Pursuant to the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, WRSMH partner Frank J. Lombardo obtained the highest recorded verdict in the State of New York for a single level cervical discectomy.

Frank Lombardo

$6.2 Million - Intersection Accident

Andrea V. Borden was able to obtain a jury verdict in the amount of $6.2 million on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old Brooklyn woman involved in a motor vehicle accident.

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$5.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

WRSMH partner Bryce Moses obtained a verdict in the amount of $5,500,000 for our client who was exiting the Staten Island Expressway when her motor vehicle was struck by a Con Edison van.

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$4.9 Million - NY Car Accident Injury

Our client, a man in his 30s, was standing next to the rear of a truck while working as an assistant mover, when the defendant driver struck a middle car in the rear and propelled it into our client.

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$3.3 Million - Client Struck By Van While On a Scooter

Partner Jason Rubin obtained a large settlement for a man who was injured after being struck by a van while on a scooter.

Jason Rubin

$3 Million - NY Motor Vehicle Accident

Joseph Stoduto and Cliff Shapiro were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000 on behalf of a forty-five year old man from Queens who suffered injuries to his neck and lower back in a crash.

Joseph Stoduto, Clifford Shapiro

$2.9 Million - NY Access-A-Ride Van Accident

WRSMH attorney settled the case of our client who was hit by an Access-A-Ride van after mediation and before trial for $2.9 million dollars.

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$2.8 Million - Three Car Auto Accident in NY

WRSMH Partner obtained a $2.8 million settlement during trial for our client who was involved in a 3 car accident. The plaintiff was struck twice from behind in a rear-end collision involving two vehicles.

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$2.75 Million - Rear-end Van Accident in Queens

Douglas Milch obtained a large settlement for a group of individuals injured in a van accident in Queens on the Grand Central Parkway.

Douglas Milch

$2.75 Million - NY Intersection Car Accident

Phil Russotti and Kenneth Halperin obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $2,750,000, in this case in which the plaintiff's motor vehicle was struck in the rear.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin

$2.5 Million - Auto vs. Pedestrian Accident in New York

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.5 Million - Man Struck By Car Walking Dog

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

Kenneth Halperin obtained a combined settlement in the amount of $2,500,000 for a 66 year old woman and her 32 year old daughter who were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Kenneth Halperin

$2.281 Million - Van Rear-Ended by Tractor-Trailer

William Hepner obtained a substantial settlement at mediation for a girl who was 8 years old when the van she was in was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer carrying a load of fuel.

William Hepner

$2.25 Million - Permanent Injuries from Rear-end Accident In The Bronx

WRSMH attorney recently settled a case for a client who sustained permanent neck and back injuries after being rear-ended in the Bronx.

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$2 Million - Rear-Ended by a School Bus

WRSMH attorneys Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses, and another attorney at the firm were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 50-year-old woman from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses

$2 Million - New York Rear-End Collision

WRSMH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Kenneth Halperin were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 45-year-old man from Queens County.

Joseph Stoduto, Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - NY Rear-End Accident

WRSMH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Kenneth Halperin were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 40-year-old woman from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto, Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - Intersection Accident in Brooklyn

WRSMH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Andrea Borden were able to obtain a recovery after trial in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old housekeeper from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto

$2 Million - Driver Injured When Vehicle Struck by School Bus

Clifford Shapiro and another attorney at the firm obtained a $2 million settlement at private mediation on behalf of a 41-year-old male client who was injured when his vehicle was struck by a school bus.

Clifford Shapiro

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