Common catastrophic injuries from seatbelts

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Common catastrophic injuries from seatbelts

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries & Death |

When Texas residents use their seatbelts when they go for a drive, they expect to be safe. Unfortunately, it’s possible to suffer serious catastrophic injuries from seatbelts in car accidents.

How can a seatbelt cause injuries?

Although seatbelts are designed to protect people from a vehicle accident’s impact, they can lead to serious injuries. “Seatbelt syndrome” is a phenomenon that leads to catastrophic injuries sustained upon impact during a car accident. When a person is thrown forward with the force of a crash, it results in parts of the body making severe contact with the seatbelt. The seatbelt doesn’t reduce the amount of force suffered in a crash as many believe. Instead, it redirects that force to protect the wearer.

What kind of injuries can occur from seatbelts?

Catastrophic injuries are common in car crashes from impact with seatbelts. It’s possible to experience a ruptured stomach, colon, bowel, liver, pancreas or spleen. Spinal cord injuries and damaged blood vessels are also common. The following signs can indicate that a person might have a catastrophic injury due to seatbelt impact:

  • Abdominal pain, swelling or tenderness
  • Abrasions on the neck, chest or abdomen
  • Bruising on the abdomen
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Pressure in the head, neck or back

After a car accident, it might not initially be known that a person is injured. This is common due to the rush of adrenaline that occurs after such a traumatic event. Injuries might lie dormant and not appear for several hours or even days. Always seek prompt medical care after a car accident so that you can be examined for potential internal injuries.

Although seatbelt impact from accidents can cause serious injuries, it’s still important to wear one whenever you’re in a vehicle. It can prevent you from being thrown in the event of a crash.

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