There is no doubt an automobile’s seatbelt is the most effective safety innovation in transportation in half a century. While they have saved lives and will continue to do so, they can also cause injuries in an accident. When a vehicle is hit in a crash, the seatbelt will often tighten across the torso, even as other parts of the body continue to accelerate and decelerate as the crash is happening. This tension can cause shoulder injuries and chest and abdominal injuries. Some of these injuries can be serious and may require significant medical attention for some time following the accident.

In Louisiana, as in every state, seatbelts must be worn to be in compliance with the law. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2003 and 2012, there were more than 6,500 deaths in Louisiana due to accidents where seatbelts were not worn. Not only that, but in Louisiana, seat belt laws are “primary”, meaning the laws cover drivers, as well as passengers age 13 and older in all seats. There’s no denying seatbelts save lives every day in this country, but they’re not perfect and can cause their own injuries.

Common Types of Seatbelt Injuries

Of course, it is imperative that seatbelts are worn properly if they are to protect a passenger as designed. For maximum safety, automakers strongly encourage consumers to make use of all of the safety features built into today’s automobiles. Still, seatbelts can cause secondary injuries in an accident and most often, they include:

  • Broken ribs
  • Fractured sternum
  • Head trauma
  • Bruising to the stomach and/or chest
  • Shoulder injuries

There’s no denying seatbelts are the number one lifesaving mechanism in a car crash. Not wearing your seatbelt while on Louisiana roadways is illegal. In an accident, it is your seatbelt that will most likely save your life, but it is not a perfect protective mechanism. If you are in an accident and you were not wearing your seatbelt, you still have rights. Many believe their rights end once it is determined their seatbelts were not being used. Clearly, these are intricate cases, but do not allow misinformation to keep you from reaching out for legal guidance. Our team of attorneys stand ready to provide legal assistance.

How a New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Having an attorney who understands the dynamics of seatbelt injuries is crucial. If you’re wondering about your options or concerned about financial worries following an accident, help is available. Cossé Law Firm has more than 2 decades of experience in representing victims of car accidents and those injured by the seatbelts they were wearing. Our clients can be found throughout the state of Louisiana. Our car accident attorneys take great pride in our reputation of putting our clients and their needs first while helping them put their lives back together.

We invite you to schedule your complimentary consultation today. Remember, our law firm charges no fees unless we win your case. Give our car accident lawyers a call and see for yourself what having someone on your side feels like.