While airbags are safety devices that have help to save thousands of lives over the years, a malfunctioning airbag can seriously injure or kill vehicle occupants even when the vehicle is not involved in an accident. Whether the airbag does not deploy when it is needed or it deploys randomly as a driver is navigating Louisiana traffic, airbag injuries have the potential to be fatal.
Sadly, the people who are most frequently killed in cases of malfunctioning airbags are children. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), airbags have killed 200 individuals and young children comprised the majority of those deaths.
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident because of a malfunctioning airbag, you may be entitled to compensation because of the pain, suffering and anguish you endured as a result. At the law offices of Simien & Simien, our goal is to represent the victims of airbag trauma with compassion and intelligence, and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.
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Airbag Injury Types
Due to manufacturer errors or mistakes in the installation process, airbag deployment can be sporadic and ineffective. The speed at which an airbag deploys can cause trauma to the face, neck, and body of a passenger or driver, and the deployment materials create further health issues.
Some of the most common injuries associated with airbags are:
- Asthma attacks
- Brain injury
- Broken Bones
- Eye injuries
- Facial cuts
- Internal bleeding
- Nose and throat irritations
- …and many others
In some crash scenarios, the bodies of the passengers absorb the impact of the airbag as it deploys, rather than the airbag absorbing some of the force of the crash, causing many of these injuries. Another factor in airbag trauma is passenger height, as a person who sits lower than chest-height to the airbag will likely suffer head trauma from the high-pressure burst of the airbag.
Can Airbag Injuries Be Prevented?
There are certain measures drivers and passengers can take to ensure they are practicing safe habits in vehicles with airbags, but there is no fool-proof way to avoid a faulty airbag.
Some of the best preventative measures to take to avoid injuries from airbags include:
- Use properly fitted child safety seats
- Make sure all occupants wear seatbelts
- Sit further away from the steering column to add space between the airbag and the occupant
- Keep children under 12 years old in the back seat
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in a seat with an airbag
Adults should make sure to secure child safety seats properly and in accordance with the directions from the seat’s manufacturer. Size and weight guidelines should also be followed very strictly, as this will help to ensure that the safety seat can effectively protect the child using it in the event of a crash or an airbag deployment.
Need Help? Contact Our Car Collision Law Firm
At Simien & Simien, LLC, we understand how injuries from an airbag can impact the lives of car accident victims, and we want to stand up for the rights of those who were injured in court. With a tremendous amount of legal experience, the law offices or Simien & Simien have a team of knowledgeable, highly-skilled lawyers and staff members who are ready to assist the victims of airbag injury.
Simien & Simien, LLC has offices in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, where our seasoned litigators represent clients across the state of Louisiana, including:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Iberia
Contact Simien & Simien by calling (800) 374-8422. In personal injury vehicle collision litigation, there is no fee or recover expenses unless our attorneys make a recovery for the client.
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