Injured By a Defective Product? Over $2 Billion Awarded to Our Clients

Philadelphia Seat Belt Failure Attorneys

The Beasley Firm: Over $2 Billion Won for Injury Victims

The legendary Philadelphia auto defect lawyers at The Beasley Firm have been prosecuting and winning defective seat belt cases for nearly six decades. We are well aware of the potential dangers seat belt defects present and how they can cause life-altering injuries or even death. When the seat belt safety system fails, you and your loved ones are put in harm’s way. Our firm is here to fight your battles.

Why Trust Your Case to Us?

  • Nearly 60 years in practice
  • Award-winning, highly respected advocates
  • More than $2 billion in recoveries
  • Trusted, proven, and resourceful legal trailblazers
  • Efficient, thorough investigations

Winning Defective Seat Belt Cases in Pennsylvania for Decades

We have all heard the slogan, “Seat belts save lives.” Normally that is the case. However, if the seat belt and its mechanisms don’t operate properly, the seat belt can cause serious head, spinal cord, or internal injuries-even death. When a seat belt fails, the driver or occupants can suffer serious damage at a high speed inside a closed compartment.

This can lead to severe injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractured spines
  • Paralysis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Disembowelment
  • Blindness
  • Loss of limbs
  • Severe spinal injuries
  • Burns
  • Scarring
  • Death

Who Is Responsible for Seat Belt Injuries?

Seat belt failures are usually the result of poor design or faulty manufacturing. During a collision, it is essential to keep the driver or passenger contained within the seat and vehicle to minimize injuries produced by the violent forces of a car accident. The seat belt should hold the occupant securely in the seat and allow him or her to ride down the crash.

Seat belts are supposed to minimize or eliminate a person’s contact with the windshield, dashboard, steering wheel, or roof. In some instances of seat belt failure, our experienced car accident lawyers in Philadelphia have determined that a complete ejection from the vehicle through the windshield was directly caused from by a seat belt component failure or a design defect.

Seat belt defects may consist of:

  • Latch problems
  • Defective belting or webbing material
  • Retractor failure
  • Poor seat belt geometry
  • Sensor failure

Injuries Caused By Lap Seat Belt Designs

In our experience, “lap only” belt designs are among the worst design defects. This design can cause deadly internal bleeding or organ injuries. Up until the late 1980s, shoulder belts were not mandatory in the rear seats of most cars in the United States. In fact, lap / shoulder belts were not required for rear seats of vehicles until 1989. Many of those older vehicles are still out on the road today.

At The Beasley Firm, we believe that lap seat belts may be among the most dangerous auto defect problems in existence today. Our skilled Philadelphia lawyers and experts have worked on multiple cases where a catastrophic injury or death was caused by used of lap seat belts.

Our product liability lawyers have been able to prove that:

  • Lap belts are dangerous because they fail to provide adequate protection in the event of an accident
  • Some of the older lap seat belt designs can actually cause more severe and fatal injuries to the person wearing them than if they had not been wearing them at all

Lap seat belts isolate the violent impact a crash forces to a person’s midsection, often resulting in severe injuries to the internal organs and spinal cord. These injuries include, but are not limited to, a lacerated spleen, lacerated liver, lacerated bowel, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spinal fractures, and even death. Speak with a Philadelphia attorney from The Beasley Firm if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective seat belt.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Lawyers. No Recovery, No Fees.

The seasoned attorneys at The Beasley Firm have set the national standard in the area of product liability law. Our team handling auto and seat belt defects consists of several skilled and experienced product liability and car accident attorneys, as well as doctors, nurses, and biomechanical experts. Our lawyers have been awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars since 1958, and have hundreds of million and multi-million dollar awards, settlements, and verdicts. We always offer a free, no-obligation consultation, and of course, our “no recovery, zero fee” guarantee.

Ready to talk about your seat belt case? Contact us at (215) 866-2424.

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Why Choose the Beasley Firm?
  • Achieving Record Setting Verdicts & Settlements For Over 60 Years.
  • Over $2 Billion Awarded On Behalf Of Our Injured Clients.
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