Airbags are present in cars in order to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a crash. As the crash occurs, the airbags deploy (often from the front and sides), lessening the occupant’s impact with other, harder surfaces. And airbags have proven to be extremely useful in decreasing fatalities as a result of automobile accidents; in fact, according to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), airbags saved the lives of 8,369 people between the years of 1987 and 2001.
Unfortunately, in some cases, an airbag fails to perform its intended duties, and instead injures the driver or passenger it was supposed to protect. In such cases, however, the injured parties may be able to recover compensation with the help of airbag injuries lawyers from Cordisco & Saile LLC. Get help today by calling 215-642-2335.
How can an airbag cause injuries to passengers or drivers?
If an airbag is defective, it can cause catastrophic injuries. Although circumstances may vary, the airbag may be deemed defective if it does not deploy during a crash, allowing the occupant to collide with a steering wheel, dashboard or even be ejected through the windshield.
Additionally, some defective airbags propel metal shrapnel upon deployment, thus seriously injuring the individuals in the vehicle. One woman in Florida was even killed when shrapnel from an airbag exploded outward and became lodged in her neck. And this wasn’t the first time someone lost a life due to a faulty airbag; statistics from the NHTSA show that from 1990 to 2007, 284 fatalities resulted from defective airbags.
What types of injuries can result from a defective airbag?
Even if a defective airbag does not result in death, it still can lead to catastrophic injuries. Because of the force with which the airbag propels outward, it could contribute to a spine or neck injury or even a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries also may occur if the airbag does not deploy, and the occupant strikes a steering wheel, dashboard or other object in the vehicle.
Other injuries that could result from a faulty airbag include cuts and lacerations from any exploding shrapnel, as well as injuries associated with oxygen deprivation if the deployed airbag begins to suffocate the passenger or driver.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries from a Defective Airbag
If a passenger or driver sustains injuries from a faulty airbag, he or she may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer or distributor in a products liability lawsuit. In order to do so, however, the injured party must demonstrate certain factors related to the defect; specifically, he or she must show that there was a defect in the design or a defect related to the manufacturing of the product. The injured party also must be able to show that this specific defect actually led to his or her injuries.
If the injured party is successful in showing this, he or she may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical bills, disability expenses, lost wages from time missed at work, and any pain and suffering experienced as a result of the crash and resultant injuries. Family members of those killed because of defective airbags may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover funeral and burial costs, as well as compensation for loss of support and other noneconomic damages.
Let Our Airbag Injury Attorneys Help You
If you have been the victim of a defective airbag, seek legal assistance immediately. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our airbag injuries lawyers are prepared to help you recover compensation for your injuries or for the loss of your loved one. Please reach out to us today for an initial consultation at 215-642-2335 or use our contact form.