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Seat belts can lead to injuries in crashes

Almost everyone has heard about the importance of wearing a seat belt when you are in a moving vehicle. This is important since it can help to prevent you from being thrown from the vehicle if you are in a crash. There is one consideration that some people overlook -- the potential danger of injuries caused by the seat belt.

When you are in an accident, your body is thrust against the seat belt. The seat belt locks, so it isn't going to give much. This can lead to serious injuries in some cases. People tend to think that these injuries are well worth not being tossed from a vehicle.

Chest injuries, internal bleeding and whiplash are three of the possible injuries that you might endure because of seat belt usage in your vehicle. These injuries might be worse for people who don't wear their seat belts properly.

Pregnant women, for example, should place the lap belt on their hips instead of right across their abdomen. Children who are in five-point harnesses should have the buckle right across their chest to minimize the risk of abdominal injuries. All children must have seat belts that fit properly, so they shouldn't wear shoulder belts under the armpits.

Injuries from seat belts can range from minor bruising to severe internal injuries. If you are injured in an accident, you should make sure that you explore your options for seeking compensation. This might be from the person who slammed into you. However, other parties might also be held accountable. The seatbelt manufacturer, for example, might be held liable if the injuries you suffered were due to a malfunction in the mechanisms.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Seat Belt Injuries," accessed March 23, 2017

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