While airbags have saved countless lives, they may still contribute to serious injury in the event of a car accident. Injuries may result from airbag deployment, especially if an airbag is defective. Have you or a loved one been involved in a car accident and sustained injuries due to an airbag? Contact the experienced North Carolina car accident attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters.’ Call (800) 529-0804 or contact us online to receive your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Do Airbags Cause Injuries?
Do airbags cause injuries? Yes, airbags, whether frontal or side airbags, may cause injuries to a driver or a passenger. Injuries may include:
While airbags are designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of an accident, they can be defective and lead to severe injury. However, from 1987 to 2017, front airbags have saved 50,457 lives in the United States, which is why they are still used in vehicles being manufactured today. Benefits are thought to outweigh any risks associated with airbag deployment.
When an airbag injures a driver or passenger, it is generally due to airbag defects. Airbag defects may occur from:
Yes, hitting an airbag may hurt badly. Generally, airbags deploy with great force and can be very hot. Experiences will vary from person to person, and the extent of any associated injuries.
Sadly, hundreds of people have been killed by airbags, especially younger children. Even though airbags have saved countless lives, fatalities may still occur.
If you or a loved one have become injured by an airbag, the first thing you should do is immediately receive medical attention. A report from a physician can provide the evidence needed if you should pursue a legal claim down the line. If possible, you should take pictures of the accident scene, including the deployed airbag.
The insurer might want to total the vehicle if you were in a severe accident that badly wrecked your car. Don’t let them do that. Without the airbag and its parts, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to prove that it caused your injuries. The airbag, the sensor, and even the vehicle’s computer should be kept as evidence should you decide to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit.
Below find some airbag statistics regarding the safety of airbags:
If you or a loved one have been injured by an airbag, the airbag manufacturer or car manufacturer may be liable for your injuries. However, the burden of proof will be on the injury victim to prove that the airbag was defective. A personal injury product liability attorney can assist you with building a solid claim.
Damages from an airbag injury claim could include:
Additionally, you may be entitled to punitive damages if the manufacturer was found grossly negligent. Punitive damages are meant to punish at-fault parties so they are less careless in the future. Even airbags that are working correctly can cause injuries. Therefore, if you feel that your airbag worked adequately, but you were not clearly informed by vehicle labels and documentation about proper seating when it comes to airbag safety, you may also have a claim against the carmaker, depending on the circumstances.
The NHTSA recommends that drivers and passengers adhere to the following precautions to avoid airbag injuries:
If an airbag has injured you, an experienced car accident attorney can explore your options for compensation after learning the details of your case. Contact the experienced attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters’, by calling (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online to receive your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We are here to assist you with your legal concerns. The attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson have represented hundreds of North Carolina car accident victims and have helped them to receive the best possible outcome for their personal injury claims. If we take your case, you will owe us nothing until we win.