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Dangers of Lap-Only Seat Belts

Lap-only seat belts have been identified as being unsafe enough that, as of 2007, federal law requires all cars to come equipped with three-point seat belts, or seat belts with a strap for the upper body as well as the lap. However, if you drive an older car, it is very important to be aware of the hazards of lap-only seat belts because they can be very dangerous to riders. In some accidents, people wearing lap-only belts were more injured than they would have been if they had not been wearing a seat belt at all.

Even though newer car models do not have lap-only seat belts, newer and “safer” seat belt models can still be defective and dangerous if they were improperly designed or manufactured. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a seat belt defect, contact the experienced Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 and schedule an initial consultation.

Potential Injuries from Lap-Only Seat Belts

Seat belts are intended to save lives, but lap-only belts can actually be more dangerous than not wearing a seat belt at all in some instances. Some of the most common injuries caused by lap-only seat belts include:

  • Hyperextension of the neck
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Dislocated vertebrae
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe lacerations
  • Muscle strains

These injuries are similar to those experienced by individuals injured by defective seat belts.

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If you or someone you know has been injured because of a defective or malfunctioning seat belt, contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.

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