Defective Seat Belts Attorney, San Francisco
Seat belts are meant to keep us safe in the event of a car or truck accident. Unfortunately, some seat belts, due to design or manufacturing defects, fail to achieve this simple goal. Moreover, defective seat belts can actually cause additional injuries in an accident, increase the severity of certain injuries or even cause the death of vehicle occupants. The simple truth is this: When seat belts fail to perform correctly, people can be severely injured or even die.
Motor vehicle accidents are violent by definition. During a motor vehicle accident, the vehicle and its occupants are subjected to very destructive forces. The risk of physical harm or death is significantly higher for children. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that the leading cause of serious injury and death to children under 15 years old is motor vehicle accidents.
Due to recent public awareness efforts, including the national Click It or Ticket (CIOT) campaign, the average rate of seat belt use in the United States is at an all-time high of approximately 82 percent. CIOT is widely regarded as the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign in U.S. history and is largely credited with the increased rate of seat belt use.
While seat belts alone cannot protect drivers and passengers from all serious injuries in a collision, it is reasonable to assume that using a seat belt will greatly enhance a person’s safety. Recent data from the NHTSA supports this notion. In 2007, more than 54 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in traffic accidents were unrestrained. Unfortunately, thousands of other vehicle occupants who were restrained still suffered unnecessary catastrophic personal injuries or died because the seat belts they used were dangerously defective.
If one of these tragedies has affected you or your family, the Brady Law Group is here to help. We have more than two decades of experience handling complex automotive products liability, accident, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout California. We are highly regarded trial attorneys with the in-depth automotive industry knowledge and financial resources required to succeed against even the largest automakers and insurance companies. Our attorneys, experts and staff are ready to fight for justice in any type of defective seat belt case and get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life. If you would like to speak with one of our experienced California trial attorneys, please contact the Brady Law Group today. Our consultations are always free.