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Injuries Caused By Seatbelts In Car Accidents

​The CDC has discovered that over 51 percent of car crash victims have avoided death because they were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. While seatbelts may be able to prevent deaths, the serious injuries that can result from the restraint of seatbelts have only recently been studied.  Under the law in Texas, a person who has injuries related to a seatbelt can seek compensation for their injuries from the party who caused the collision. The Pascoe Law Firm frequently assists people with seatbelt injuries from a Texas auto accident. Contact our office now for a free case review.
​Individuals with a seat belt injury should know that they have legal rights after an auto collision. Just because a seat belt may have saved the life of an individual does not mean that person is prevented from recovery for injuries resulting from that seat belt during the crash. Our Houston auto accident lawyer can help you assert your legal rights if you have received a seat belt injury. We are ready to guide you through the legal process and take the time to meet with you to discuss your legal options. Please feel free to fill out our online form or call us for more information to receive a free case review.

​Basic Texas Seat Belt Laws

​In the state of Texas, all Passengers are required to wear safety belts no matter their location in the vehicle.  Children are required to be secured as well.
A person commits an offense if:
The person

  •  is at least 15 years of age;
  •  is riding in a passenger vehicle while the vehicle is being operated;
  • is occupying a seat that is equipped with a safety belt; and
  •  is not secured by a safety belt

​Seat Belt Injury Facts and Statistics

In serious car accidents, seatbelts might restrain individuals if the vehicle reaches speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h. The results of a crash at excessive speeds can leave individuals with whiplash, severed limbs and other serious injuries. A study published by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that thousands of individuals suffered from lap and shoulder injuries when they used their seatbelt. The NHTSA released the following seat belt injury statistics in a study entitled, “Seat-Belt Injuries in Medical and Statistical Perspectives:”

  • 4,617 individuals suffered from lap injuries after using a seat belt. That accounts for an injury rate of 24.2 percent.
  • 81,461 individuals suffered from lap/shoulder injuries after using a seat belt. That accounts for an injury rate of 25.2 percent.
  • 129,327 individuals suffered injuries as a result of using no seat belt, at an injury rate of 54.6 percent

Research Studies on Internal Organ Damage from Seat Belt Use

Numerous other published research studies have tracked the injuries that individuals suffer from in auto accidents after using their seat belt. In a study published in the Southern Medical Journal, Dr. Greingor and Dr. Lazarus discovered that patients with seat belt injuries frequently suffered from sternal fractures and abdominal injuries. The study is entitled, “Chest and Abdominal Injuries Caused by Seat Belt Wearing,” revealed findings of passengers involved in auto accidents who:

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  • Suffered from an increase in abdominal tenderness;
  • Suffered from bowel injuries;
  • Suffered from an increase in higher mortality and morbidity rates involving a delayed diagnosis of bowel injuries.

​Types of Seat Belt Injuries

There are common injuries that victims can suffer from the use of seat belts as restraining devices:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Fractured sternum
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding and trauma
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Bowel injuries
  • Skin abrasions

​Contact Experienced Texas Auto Accident Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm Today

​If you received a seatbelt injury during a car accident, then please speak with our attorney for help today. We understand how overwhelming it can be to consider filing a lawsuit for a seat belt injury. Please feel free to discuss your questions or concerns with our Texas Auto Accident Lawyer at any time. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation at 713-829-4317.

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