Numerous people across Connecticut utilize motor vehicles every day. Some opt to drive on their daily commute, while others jump in the car to arrive at scheduled appointments on time.
Over the years, cars have become faster and more efficient. Safety technology has had to keep up with this. One key safety feature in all modern vehicles is seatbelts. Seatbelts have been shown to save lives, and it is a legal requirement in Connecticut for both drivers and passengers to wear them.
Nonetheless, the technology is not flawless. Although they can save lives, seatbelts may also cause injuries during a collision.
Seatbelts wrap around the chest with the purpose of keeping occupants secure in the event of a crash. However, the force of a vehicular collision can be tremendous, and this force can travel through the seatbelt into the chest area.
Minor chest injuries such as bruised ribs can be extremely painful, but they will ultimately heal with few long-term complications. On the other hand, if a rib is fractured, it can puncture vital internal organs. Your heart and lungs are located in this area, and if they obtain damage during a collision, the situation becomes critical.
Seatbelts typically consist of two components. One belt wraps around your shoulder, and another is placed over your lap. During a collision, the lower belt can tighten around your abdominal area. This is a soft and vulnerable part of the body, which contains vital organs such as the stomach, liver and spleen. The force of a crash can damage these areas, causing internal bleeding. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
If you have been injured because of someone else’s driving, then you may be entitled to legal compensation for your pain and suffering. Before you make your next move, make sure you are fully aware of your legal options.