Seat Belt Failure Claims *
Upon entering a vehicle, the act of putting on a seat belt is an instinctive act. The purpose of the seat belt it to retain people in their seats and to prevent or reduce injuries suffered in an accident. It ensures that a minimal amount of contact is made between the occupant and the driver. When the seat belt fails to serve this purpose due to a fault of the manufacturer, road users become venerable to injury. The importance of seat belts has proven invaluable as statistics have shown that drivers and passengers who opt to wear belts have an increased chance of limiting damage in the event of a collision.
What could go wrong?
Despite a buckle looking like it is working appropriately because it is locked into place, this may not be the case. A seat buckle can break free during the pressure of an accident. The general rule of thumb is that buckles are not up to standard if they break free when 5 lbs of force or less is exerted.
Torsion Bar failure
A torsion bar is a mechanism that is designed to let out the seat belt when there is an excess amount of pressure on the individual. This is done so the person is not severely injured by the restraint being too strong. It is important to note that if the torsion bar lets too much of the seat belt release, the person is not being restrained at all.
The seat belt may be prone to tearing and splitting due to the poor materials it is made up of. Even a small tear is enough to cause a full split in the unfortunate event of a road traffic accident.
Legal Time Limits
The legal time frames regarding the amount of time you have to make a claim can alternate depending on the scenario. The general guideline for all personal injury cases * is usually that the injured party has a time of two years less one day from the date of the accident, or date of knowledge of their injuries, to make a claim *.
Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim. In the situation where a person under the age of 18 is injured the two year period will commence on their 18th birthday. An adult can make a claim on their behalf which is known as the Next Friend rule.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you have suffered a seat belt failure injury *, our team of personal injury solicitors * in Dublin are available to answer any queries you may have. For a confidential discussion, please call Tracey Solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.
With 30 years’ experience as specialist road traffic accident solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand. You can also visit Personal Injury * & Accident FAQ’s for additional understanding. We look forward to hearing from you.