While air bags are safety devices that have helped to save thousands of lives over the years, a malfunctioning air bag can seriously injure or kill vehicle occupants even when the vehicle is not involved in an accident. Whether the air bag does not deploy when it is needed or it deploys randomly as a driver is navigating Louisiana traffic, air bag injuries have the potential to be fatal.
Sadly, the people who are most frequently killed in cases of malfunctioning air bags are children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), air bags 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 air bag, 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, LLC, our goal is to represent the victims of air bag trauma with compassion and intelligence, and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the ” Free Case Evaluation” form located at the top of this page, on the right — it is 100 percent FREE and there is no obligation to proceed.
Air Bag Injury Types
Due to manufacturer errors or mistakes in the installation process, air bag deployment can be sporadic and ineffective. The speed at which an air bag deploys can cause trauma to the face, neck and body of a passenger or driver and the deployment materials create further health issues.
In some crash scenarios, the bodies of the passengers absorb the impact of the air bag as it deploys, rather than the air bag absorbing some of the force of the crash, causing many of these injuries. Another factor in air bag trauma is passenger height, as a person who sits lower than chest-height to the air bag will likely suffer head trauma from the high-pressure burst of the air bag.
Can Air Bag Injuries Be Prevented?
There are certain measures drivers and passengers can take to ensure they are practicing safe habits in vehicles with air bags, but there is no fool-proof way to avoid a faulty air bag.
Some of the best preventative measures you need to take to avoid injuries from air bags include:
- Use properly fitted child safety seats
- Make sure all occupants wear seat belts
- Sit further away from the steering column to add space between the air bag 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 air bag
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 air bag deployment.
Need Help? Contact Our Car Collision Law Firm.
At Simien & Simien, LLC, we understand how injuries from an air bag 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, LLC, have a team of knowledgeable, highly skilled lawyers and staff members who are ready to assist the victims of air bag injuries.
Simien & Simien, LLC, has offices in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, where our seasoned litigators represent clients across the state of Louisiana.
Contact the firm by calling 866-208-9311. In personal injury vehicle collision litigation, there are no fee or recovery expenses unless our attorneys make a recovery for the client.
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