Since 1990, our New York defective car product attorneys have been successfully representing seriously injured clients throughout the State of New York. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries as the result of a defective seatbelt or restraint system, you should hire legal representation right away. The dedicated and knowledgeable lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients and will work to recover for you the compensation that you deserve for your seatbelt related injuries. Please contact a New York defective auto lawyer today to discuss your auto product liability case.
For more than thirty years, drivers and passengers of all ages have been encouraged to wear seatbelts to help prevent serious injuries in case of an auto accident. If seatbelts and restraint systems are designed, installed and used properly they can save lives. But, unfortunately, seatbelts are not necessarily safe all of the time and in some cases can actually cause more harm than good. A seatbelt that is defectively designed, installed incorrectly, or misused may cause the passenger to suffer serious injuries and possibly death.
Countless numbers of vehicles on the roads today are equipped with defective restraint systems and seat belts which reduce the effectiveness of seat belts. Many automakers are aware of these defects and have made no attempt to design safer seatbelts, replace dangerous seatbelts, or inform the public about the risks involved with seatbelts.
If a faulty or defective seatbelt caused your serious injuries, contact a dedicated NY seatbelt defect lawyer at (212) 986-7353 to find out if you have a case.
Listed below are some examples of situations in which a seatbelt may cause serious injuries to a driver or passenger:
- Automatic shoulder seatbelts - These may cause neck injuries and decapitation in the event of an accident.
- Door mounted seatbelts - These seatbelts are mounted to the vehicle's door, rather than being mounted to the frame of the vehicle, posing a threat to the user during an accident.
- Inertial unlatching & false latching seatbelts - These seatbelts unlatch during an accident.
- Malfunctioning retractor - Seatbelts that do not lock during a collision, therefore they do not restrain the occupant.
- Lap belts - These seatbelts should be positioned low for optimal use, but do not fully protect the user if it is not accompanied by a shoulder harness.
If you have suffered injuries as the result of a faulty seatbelt, please contact the experienced New York personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353.
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