Airbag Injuries and Accident Compensation
Designed to protect drivers and passengers during vehicular accidents, when airbags deploy correctly they can significantly reduce the severity of injuries and save lives. Yet not every accident involving airbags is a situation where airbags deployed as they were intended. In some cases, airbags malfunction or deploy improperly, leading to unexpected injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa accident where an airbag deployment resulted in harm, connect with a legal professional who is familiar with airbag injury claims. Seasoned Florida injury lawyers have worked on numerous cases involving airbags and their implications on accident compensation, so they can help protect your rights and fight for a fair damage recovery amount.
Importance of Airbags and Potential Issues
Airbags were first introduced as a safety feature in the 1970s, and as they became more recognized as effective tools for reducing severe injuries and fatalities during car accidents, their popularity grew. Since 1998, it has been a requirement for all new cars to be sold with airbags, both on the driver and on passenger sides of the vehicle.
When a collision occurs, airbags rapidly inflate which provide a cushioning effect between occupants and the vehicle’s hard surfaces. This cushioned area significantly reduces the force of impact on the head, chest, and upper body, mitigating the risk of severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and internal organ damage.
Additionally, functioning airbags and their proper deployment can have a positive impact on an injured party’s case during a personal injury dispute as it demonstrates that the vehicle was equipped with appropriate safety measures.
But while airbags are designed to enhance safety, they are not infallible. Some potential issues with airbags include the following.
- Non-deployment. Airbags that fail to deploy when they should can leave vehicle occupants vulnerable to more severe injuries.
- Late deployment. Delayed airbag deployment is also an injury risk as occupants may already be thrust forward due to vehicular impact before the airbags inflated.
- Over-deployment. If airbags deploy too forcefully or unexpectedly, there can be injuries such as burns, abrasions, or even broken bones.
- Defective airbags. Sometimes the airbag itself is defective due to manufacturing errors or design flaws, this can be a serious threat to vehicle occupants’ safety, exacerbating injuries instead of mitigating them.
Airbags play a crucial role in reducing injury dangers during car accidents, and their proper deployment can bolster an injury claim, but it is also true that malfunctions or issues with airbag deployment can lead to unexpected harm, adding complexity to personal injury cases.
Have an Attorney Investigate Your Case
After an accident involving an airbag injury, seeking legal representation from a skilled Florida personal injury lawyer. An attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the airbag’s deployment and work tirelessly to protect your rights and seek fair compensation for your injuries.
Are you healing from an airbag injury? Discuss the details of your case with the legal experts at Roman & Roman, attorneys with over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your fee-free, no-obligation consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.