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What is seat belt syndrome?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Seat belts are essential safety devices that save countless lives every year. However, in some cases, the very thing that protects you also causes injury.

Seat belt syndrome is a term used to describe a range of injuries that can occur when a person is in a car accident while wearing a seat belt.

What is seat belt syndrome?

Seat belt syndrome refers to a group of injuries that can occur when a seat belt restrains a person during a car accident. These injuries typically affect the abdominal area, chest and shoulders. Some common examples of seat belt syndrome injuries include:

  • Bruising and lacerations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractured ribs or sternum
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spinal cord injuries

You may not notice some of these injuries right away, such as internal or soft tissue injuries. A prompt medical evaluation ensures that you get the treatment you need and the documentation necessary to support your personal injury claim.

How does seat belt syndrome happen?

During a car accident, the seat belt’s job is to keep you restrained and prevent ejection from the vehicle. However, the sudden force of the impact can cause the seat belt to tighten against your body, leading to injuries. This is particularly true in high-speed collisions or accidents involving sudden stops.

Understanding seat belt syndrome and its potential consequences can help you better prepare for the challenges you may face after a car accident. Prioritize your health and well-being, including documentation of any potential injuries from your seat belt.