Houston Seatbelt Injury Lawyer
Did you suffer a seat belt injury in a Houston, TX car accident? Seat belts can save lives and prevent serious injuries, but they can cause injuries in the process. If your seatbelt injured you in a crash, you could be entitled to compensation. Whether your seatbelt worked just as it was supposed to or if it malfunctioned and caused injury, we can help.
Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers brings over 45+ years of combined legal experience to your case. Our legal team has recovered tens of millions of dollars in life-changing settlements and verdicts to clients injured through no fault of their own.
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How Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Seatbelt Injury Accident in Houston
Don’t minimize the seriousness of a seatbelt injury. Your safety belt may have saved your life, but you could still be suffering severe and long-lasting physical and emotional damage. You deserve to be compensated without a fight with the insurance company. We can take the lead in your case and handle that fight while you take the time you need to recover.
When you hire our Houston car accident lawyers, we’ll:
- Determine the cause of all of your injuries and identify potentially liable parties
- Evaluate the extent of your injuries and calculate your damages accordingly
- Hire experts to analyze the technical aspects of your seatbelt injuries
- Handle all communication and negotiations with insurance companies
- Send a top-rated trial attorney to represent you in court, if necessary
We consistently receive the highest ratings on Avvo, we’re members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and we’ve been named the Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Houston. We treat our clients with the utmost care and professionalism, and we know how to win. Call now for a free case evaluation.
What Are Seatbelt Injuries?
A seatbelt injury is an injury caused by the force of a seatbelt against the body during an automobile accident. Most people recognize the benefit of seatbelts–nationwide use was over 90% in 2021. Studies show that seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injuries for front-seat car occupants by about 45%. The risk of moderate to severe injuries is reduced by half for people wearing seatbelts in the front seat of passenger cars.
Some common injuries caused by seat belts include:
- Broken ribs
- Broken clavicle
- Chest and sternum injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Heart rupture
- Lung damage
- Laceration of internal organs
Sometimes referred to as “seat belt syndrome,” injuries caused by the extreme force of the seatbelt on the body can be fatal. If you lost a loved one due to a seatbelt injury, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
What Causes Seat Belt Injuries and Who’s Liable?
Seat belt injuries are caused by the sheer force of the body slamming against the strap or buckle of the safety belt during a crash. Whoever caused the accident can be held financially accountable (liable) for all injuries resulting from the crash, including seat belt injuries.
Potentially liable parties could include:
- Driver of another vehicle
- Motorcycle rider
- Seat belt manufacturer
- Car manufacturer
- Car repair shop
- Government entity
If your seatbelt caused injury because it was defective, then you could be looking at a product liability claim. Or if someone altered your seatbelt in a way that contributed to your injury, they could be held partially responsible. It’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer with the time and resources to conduct a thorough investigation–a critical detail could make or break your case.
What Compensation Can I Get for My Seatbelt Injury?
Most personal injury victims can recover economic (financial) and non-economic (pain and suffering) damages.
These are considered compensatory damages and cover things like:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Physical pain
Rarely, punitive damages could be available. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for extreme or malicious behavior.
If you sustained a seatbelt injury, it’s likely you have other injuries caused by your crash. We consult your doctors to ensure we include all your medical needs in the calculation for damages.
Get Help With Your Seatbelt Injury Claim in Houston
If you sustained a seatbelt injury in a car crash in Houston, TX, Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers can help you determine if you can recover compensation. If someone else is responsible for the accident, they could be on the hook for all of your injuries, even ones caused by safety belts or airbags.
We have successfully helped countless injured victims get the money they deserve after preventable accidents. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in financial awards for injured parties throughout Texas. We are ready to fight for you starting today, so call now for your free consultation.