Defective Seat Belts Don’t Cause Texas Car Wrecks, But They Can Make Them Worse
Car wrecks happen. Although it is an unfortunate reality in our society, severe car crashes in Houston and across the country are an everyday part of life.
It’s less troublesome to pretend that these serious accidents only happen to strangers, but we all know they could just as easily happen to a friend, a neighbor, a coworker, a family member … even ourselves. If you are reading this, you have likely been touched personally by an accident.
Any accident—even a minor fender bender—can lead to injuries. Generally speaking, the more serious the accident, the more likely it is that the people involved will be physically hurt. In some cases, the injuries are life threatening.
Dealing with a serious injury stemming from a Texas car collision is challenging under any circumstances, but it can be even harder when the victims know that their injuries could have been prevented—for example, when the injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence.
A large part of the time, one of the drivers involved in a wreck carries all or most of the responsibility for causing the accident. But sometimes other parties may be partially or entirely at fault, such as when equipment failure occurs. When the very equipment you rely on to keep you safe does not function as it’s supposed to, the consequences can be devastating.
The whole purpose of a seat belt, of course, is to protect you in the case of an accident. If a seat belt fails to restrain you, you could be thrown around inside your car from the force of each impact (and there can be many impacts during a rollover). Or, perhaps even worse, you could be ejected from the vehicle altogether. The additional injuries caused by these motions can be as serious as, or even worse than, the injuries resulting from the initial impact.
If it turns out that the car you were in had faulty safety equipment, you might be eligible to receive compensation for at least some of your damages from the vehicle’s manufacturer or seller. For more information about how to proceed with filing a lawsuit against a car manufacturer for faulty equipment, you should consult with an experienced Houston personal injury attorney.
Call the office of Houston car accident lawyer Steve Lee today at (800) 232-3711 to schedule a free consultation. Steve Lee has been helping accident victims in the Houston area for 38 years, and he can help you obtain a fair settlement in your case.