Woman Thrown From SUV During Dallas Rollover Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 27-Dec-2011

A woman was thrown from her SUV during a rollover ejection in Dallas near I-35 on Loop 12, police said.

Although authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in the rollover wreck, causing the driver to lose control of the SUV, investigations are still underway and officials are unsure if seatbelts were used prior.

Seatbelt use is vital to keeping vehicle occupants safe during a rollover accident and protecting drivers and passengers alike from ejection from a vehicle. But while seatbelts are an important piece of equipment that can safeguard auto occupants, defective seatbelts can provoke injuries that may have been prevented if operating properly.

Research highlights the increased effectiveness of certain kinds of seatbelts, including the “lock for latch” design, which have a higher propensity for staying latched, even during a rough auto accident.

During an accident, a seatbelt latch plate can separate from the buckle, causing seatbelt failure during an accident, especially an ejection inducing rollover crash.

Designed to prevent ejection and keep vehicle passengers and drivers in the car, truck or SUV, seatbelts are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment within a vehicle. The importance of a properly performing seatbelt can often be tied to the design and manufacturing process used. Some of the defects and problems that can provoke seatbelt failure despite use by passengers and drivers, include:

  • False latching
  • Inertial unlatching due to inadequate seatbelt design
  • Defective materials and defective webbing, such as inadequate weaving
  • Excessive seatbelt slack, which can keep the seatbelt from properly restraining occupants
  • Inadequate retractor locking tied to brakes

In some instances of accidents, it may appear, at first, that an injured or deceased accident victim may not have used a seatbelt when, in fact, the car equipment failed to operate in a method that provided necessary protection for ejection or injuries.

Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to provide adequate equipment that can protect against needless injuries and fatalities related to bad safety products that fail to perform as they should. In some cases, bad designs or manufacturing flaws can be tied to the auto industry’s desire to keep costs down or bad designs and testing.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in an accident because of defective seatbelts or inadequate safety equipment in a vehicle, call our product liability attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact our personal injury lawyers online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our personal injury lawyers in Texas for a free consultation today. Our experienced lawyers, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will help you uncover answers to some of the questions surrounding your accident or the tragic accident of a loved one while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss. We care. We can help.


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