Dallas Airbag Injury Attorneys
Injured by a Defective Airbag in Dallas, TX?
Airbags are designed to save lives. They deploy when a vehicle is in a collision, protecting the driver and front-seat passenger from serious injury. Unfortunately, airbags can also cause injuries, especially when they deploy with too much force or when they deploy when no collision has occurred.
Our Dallas airbag injury attorneys at Potts Law Firm can help you understand your legal options. We will fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.
Airbags are designed to deploy when a vehicle is in a collision. They are meant to protect the driver and the front-seat passenger from serious injury. Unfortunately, airbags can also cause injuries, especially when they deploy with too much force or when they deploy when no collision has occurred.
Many airbag injuries occur because the occupant was not wearing a seatbelt. Children and the elderly are also at a higher risk of injury or death due to airbags.
How Can Defective Airbags Cause Injury?
Defective airbags can cause injury to vehicle occupants when they fail to deploy properly or when they deploy with excessive force. There have been cases where defective airbags have led to severe injuries or even fatalities.
Some of the common reasons for airbag-related injuries include:
- Non-deployment: If the airbag fails to deploy during a collision, the occupants are left unprotected and are more likely to sustain injuries that could have been mitigated or prevented by the airbag.
- Over-deployment: In some instances, airbags may deploy with excessive force or at the wrong time, causing injuries to occupants. This can happen due to defects in the airbag's sensor system or deployment mechanism.
- Shrapnel risk: Certain types of airbags that use ammonium nitrate-based inflators have been associated with a serious defect. In some cases, the inflators have ruptured during deployment, shooting metal shrapnel into the vehicle cabin, which can cause severe injuries or death.
- Incorrect positioning: Airbags are designed to deploy in a specific manner to provide optimal protection to occupants. If an airbag deploys in an incorrect position, it may not provide adequate protection or could cause harm.
Defective airbags have been the subject of several vehicle recalls and safety investigations by automobile manufacturers and government agencies to address these issues and prevent potential injuries. If you suspect that your vehicle's airbags may be defective, it's essential to check for recalls and promptly address any safety concerns with your vehicle manufacturer or authorized dealership. Additionally, always ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained and regularly inspected to reduce the risk of airbag-related injuries in case of an accident.
Who is at Risk of Injuries From Airbags?
Anyone riding in the front seat of a vehicle can be injured by an airbag. Children, the elderly, and anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt are at the greatest risk of injury or death. Children should always ride in the backseat of a vehicle, and all passengers should wear a seatbelt.
What are the Common Types of Airbag Injuries?
Airbags are essential safety features in vehicles that are designed to protect occupants during collisions. While airbags save lives and reduce the severity of injuries in many cases, they can also cause injuries of their own due to the rapid deployment and the force involved.
Some common types of injuries caused by airbags include:
- Abrasions and Contusions: The rapid inflation of the airbag can cause abrasions (commonly known as burns) and contusions (bruises) to the skin, especially in areas that come into direct contact with the airbag upon deployment.
- Facial Injuries: When an airbag deploys, it can forcefully impact the face, leading to injuries such as facial fractures, lacerations, and eye injuries.
- Chest Injuries: The deployment of the airbag can cause chest injuries, including rib fractures or contusions, especially if the driver or passenger is positioned too close to the airbag module.
- Hand and Arm Injuries: Occupants who have their hands or arms positioned in front of the airbag module can experience injuries like fractures, dislocations, or soft tissue injuries when the airbag inflates.
- Hearing Damage: The loud noise and explosive deployment of an airbag can cause temporary or even permanent hearing damage.
- Head and Neck Injuries: While airbags are designed to protect the head and neck from severe injuries, the force of deployment can still cause minor injuries like concussions, neck strains, or whiplash.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in an Airbag Injury Lawsuit?
The manufacturer of the airbag may be liable for damages if you were injured by an airbag. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent scarring, and more. The defective airbag may have been responsible for the entire accident, or it may have contributed to the severity of your injuries.
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