Buckle Up: How to Avoid Being Injured by Your Seatbelt in an Orlando Accident
One of the first things you learn in driver’s education is to buckle up for safety. Seatbelt wearers statistically survive more severe auto accidents and walk away more often with fewer injuries. But in some Orlando car accidents, seatbelts may actually do more harm than good. When this happens, you may have a more complicated claim on your hands.
When a collision occurs, a seatbelt is meant to restrain your body from the effects of a severe impact. If a seatbelt is worn incorrectly, malfunctions, or has a defect, the device meant to keep you safe could cause you further harm. Here are a few of the most common seatbelt injuries seen in an Orlando auto accident:
- Bruising and scraping from the belt
- Internal injuries to the abdomen
- Shoulder fractures
- Dislocated bones, especially in the shoulder area
- Spinal injuries
- Intestinal injuries
To prevent these accidents, it is important to always wear your seatbelt properly. This requires you to wear your shoulder strap across your body away from the neck area. The lap belt should be firm across your hips, not your abdomen. The shoulder strap should never be placed behind your head or neck simply because it feels more comfortable. You will know you are wearing your seatbelt correctly because it will not feel too tight or too loose across your body.