There is no doubt that air bags can save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that air bags reduce the risk of fatality for drivers in 31% of all purely frontal crashes (12:00 point of vehicle impact), 19% of all frontal crashes (10:00 to 2:00 point of impact), and 11% of all traffic crashes.
Unfortunately, air bags can also cause injuries and even fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 290 deaths were caused by frontal air bag inflation between 1990 and 2008.
Air bags can deploy at very high speeds – greater than 100 mph – leading to serious or fatal injuries. They are hot when deployed, and coated with chemicals that are used to aid deployment, causing burns and the potential for adverse chemical reactions.
Air bag malfunction sometimes causes or contributes to traffic crash injuries and fatalities. If you have suffered injuries caused by an air bag, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney.
At Avrek Law Firm, we help people who have been injured in California car accidents caused by the negligence of others. Our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in a range of injury cases, and we are recognized for getting positive outcomes in difficult cases. We offer a free case review with no obligation. Call our office or use our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.
How Air Bags Can Cause Injuries
Air bags are designed to prevent injuries and save lives. However, they do not always function properly, and in some cases, they cause injuries even when they perform as they should. Air bags cause injuries in the following ways:
- The speed and force of impact upon deployment can cause serious injuries or death to front seat occupants.
- Chemicals covering the air bag can cause adverse reactions or asthma attacks for vehicle occupants.
- Friction and the heat of deploying air bags can cause burns and abrasions.
- The Impact of a deploying air bag can cause serious eye injuries, particularly for people wearing glasses.
- Defective sensors can cause air bags to deploy at the wrong time, for example, when a driver is traveling at higher speeds on the highway. This can cause accidents, injuries, and death.
- Air bags may fail to deploy as they are designed to due to defective sensors, resulting in fatalities or injuries that were preventable had the system not failed.
- Improperly functioning sensors can cause air bags to deploy too late during an accident. This can cause injury or death because the driver’s head is too close to the air bag at the moment of deployment.
Compensation for Air Bag Injuries
If you have suffered injuries caused by a malfunctioning air bag, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you pursue a claim against the liable parties. In malfunctioning air bag injury cases, the negligent party could include the air bag manufacturer, the automobile manufacturer, or others parties who may have performed an inspection, maintenance, or replaced the air bag.
When you work with Avrek Law Firm’s injury lawyers, we investigate your accident to determine who was at fault, and then actively pursue a claim to hold that party accountable. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of combined experience. We know how real results are achieved, and we will fight tirelessly on your behalf. Call now for a free case evaluation.