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Seat belt injuries can be serious

When you're in a traffic collision, you expect your seat belt to keep you inside your vehicle. These safety devices have saved countless lives and may have saved yours as well. Despite saving your life, seat belts can still cause you injuries.

Car accidents have heavy impacts, and that can result in injuries from when the seat belt holds you against the seat. While it's preventing you from moving around inside of the vehicle or being ejected, it may also be cutting into your skin or impacting your internal organs.

Seat belt injuries come in a number of forms from simple bruising to whiplash or chest injuries. Abdominal injuries and internal bleeding are also possible. It's more common for pregnant women and children to suffer from seat belt impacts during a crash, especially if the seat belt used wasn't worn appropriately.

If you were not wearing a seat belt during a crash, it could affect your claim. The insurance company or party who struck you may argue that you contributed to your own injuries by not wearing a safety device provided to you. That's part of the reason why it's important to wear it whenever you are in your vehicle.

If you were wearing a seat belt and suffered injuries as a result, those injuries should be included when you seek compensation. It's not just head injuries or deep wounds that lead to time off work and financial losses. Even bruising can be severe enough to impact your life. Your attorney can help you file a claim with all your financial losses, so you can get what you deserve.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Seat Belt Injuries," accessed May 26, 2017

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