Pascoe Law FirmSeatbelt Injuries From Car Accidents
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Attorney for Seatbelt Injuries
Injuries Caused By Seatbelts In Car Accidents
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:
- 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:
- 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
- Fractured sternum
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding and trauma
- Abdominal injuries
- Bowel injuries
- Skin abrasions
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