Airbags are designed to protect those who are involved in car accidents. While they do so in a vast majority of situations, there are some instances in which they can actually injure a person. Sometimes this is just a freak occurrence but in some cases it is due to the negligence of someone. In the latter situation, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
How Airbags Can Injure Car Accident Victims
While airbags are designed to protect people, they are designed in such a way to protect most people from harm. This means that people who are shorter, taller, heavier, or thinner than the “average” person airbags are designed for can end up not as safe. Ideally, an airbag would prevent a person from striking the windshield or dashboard when an accident occurs. If the device malfunctions or is defective, something else entirely can occur.
Examples of How Airbags Can Result in Injury During Car Accidents
Some of the ways in which airbags can cause injuries during Arizona car accidents include:
- Malfunction. This can occur when the airbag deploys too late or too early, or when it does not deploy at all. It can also occur when the airbag goes off when there is no accident.
- Used airbags. Unfortunately, sometimes pre-owned vehicles have salvaged airbags. These airbags do not meet the safety standards required by law and therefore may not provide reliable protection in the event of an accident.
- Force. The force required to expel the airbag quickly is a lot of force. This can result in injury.
- Overinflated airbags. When the airbag overinflates, it can cause head injuries, broken bones, and much more.
This is not an exhaustive list of the ways in which airbags can harm people involved in car accidents but it does represent many of the most common examples.
Many Injuries Can Be Caused by Airbags
Airbags can cause a long list of injuries. This includes chest injuries to the heart, heart valve, fractured ribs, and cardiac ruptures. Abdominal injuries caused by airbags can result in serious internal organ injury – especially to women who are pregnant. A number of spinal injuries can be caused by airbags, by the force of the airbag or an airbag not working at all. Upper limb injuries such as broken bones, shoulder issues, and cuts can occur, as can hearing damage from the sound of the airbag.
Does This Mean You Should Not Drive a Car with an Airbag?
No. The truth is that airbags are still much more likely to help you than to hurt you. However, if you have been injured in a car or other vehicle, and the airbag malfunctioning was part of the problem, then you should contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.