Defective Air Bags & Injuries
The airbag was designed as an additional safety precaution to be used with seat belts. Cars containing airbags were thought to be safer than those with just standerd seat belts. The airbag was designed to deploy upon impact. The bag would fill with air and help to reduce the impact of the driver as they were thrown forward. Airbags however, are now known to cause injury. One of the most common causes of airbag injury is when the airbag deploys too soon or when it isn't needed. This can cause the driver to lose control of the car and become involved in an accident or involve other motorists in accidents.
Another common cause for airbag accidents is when they fail to deploy at all. Then the driver is totally reliant on the seat belt for safety. The driver then runs the risk of being propelled forward into the steering wheel which can cause serious injury or death.
One of the most common problems with airbags was that they were initially designed for people between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 10 and at 180 pounds. People smaller than this were subject to further injury due to their smaller frames and closeness to the steering wheel.
Injuries to the eye are also very common with airbags. Eye injuries as serious as blindness are known to happen even in minor car accidents. Others include severe bruising to the eye socket as well as rupturing the eyeball.
The companies that manufacture airbags have a duty to ensure their product is safe to a reasonable standard. If you have suffered from an airbag injury then you may be entitled to claim compensatory damages against the manufacturer. A personal injury attorney can advise you on the merits of your case. They will be able to advise you on the damages you will be able to claim the process of the civil action suit. They will also be familiar with the laws, rules and regulations of your particular state, such as limits on amounts awarded and statutes of limitations that may be imposed. What types of damages you claim will depend on your personal case and circumstances but generally, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income due missing work are the most common.
If you have been the victim of an airbag injury then get in contact with a personal injury lawyer. You may be entilted to compensation for your injuries, but if you hesitate the staute of limitations in your case could prevent you from getting what you deserve. Consult an airbag injury lawyer today.