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Seat Belt Injuries

Road traffic accidents are increasing and a large number of factors are responsible for them. Some people face road accidents due to faulty ways of driving while other face accidents because of defective features in their car. In order to save ourselves from car accident injuries we often use seat belts. Seat belts have also saved the lives of many drivers and passengers from a large number of accidents. However, in some case it has been found that the seat belts themselves have been responsible for various injuries during an accident. There are many seat belt injuries that one may sustain in an accident and some of them are neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries. Moreover, in some serious accidents seat belt injuries may even lead to death. The most important factor of sustaining seat belt injuries is wearing of defective seat belts. When you wear a defective seat belt that does not distribute the impact of accident properly or that cause problems in locking, it may cause serious injuries and even death.

Seat belts are designed to secure the driver and the passengers from hitting the hard interior of the car and protecting them from being thrown away from the vehicle when facing an accident. However, due to various manufacturing defects mainly with the latch and the retractor, seat belts cause deadly injuries instead of protecting drivers and passengers. Many defective seat belts have latches that easily get unlatched when it face a sudden blow. You may feel secure when you click these kinds of latches however; it fails to hold you when you face a sudden jerk. Moreover, in some car the retractor does not perform its function and the belt remain loose when the vehicle stops suddenly. Retractor is supposed to lock the seat belt when the car faces a sudden jerk and it is located under the seat of the vehicle.

If you face a road accident due to some others fault and if your have sustained seat belt injuries then you are liable to make compensation claims for your injuries. You could get compensation for the medical cost and the property damage that have been resulted from the accident. However, you should be able to prove that you were not responsible for the accident. In order to make a successful compensation claim you should seek the help of a professional lawyer or a specialist solicitor who have in-depth knowledge in dealing with compensation claims. Making compensation claims for road accidents involves some extensive documentation and your lawyer will help you to make all the paperwork without much hassle.

Cyclist knocked over by car
Mr G was knocked off his bicycle by a car pulling out of a side road, fracturing his left leg. The defendant insurers blamed him for the accident alleging he had ridden on the pavement and not given way to their car. Cooks obtained photographs and sketch plans of the accident site and agreed with Mr G to issue his claim. As soon as the documents were lodged with the Court, the defendant insurers accepted liability and settled the claim in the sum of £5,420.58. He said:
"Excellent service – I cannot thank you enough for all the help and advice that I received from my Solicitor. No regrets choosing Cooks Legal 100%."
Mr G from Middlesex

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case