All of us are aware that the purpose of airbags is to protect the safety and security of a vehicle’s passengers and driver in the event of a collision. That being said, there are certain defects in some airbags’ design that can cause these safety devices to become more dangerous than intended. If you or someone you know was hurt in a Las Vegas car accident as a result of a defective airbag, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau.
Indeed, sometimes a faulty airbag can harm a car accident victim or even cause death. This is because the sheer force of the airbag when it deploys as a result of the crash is so strong and fast that it can cause significant injury. This may include broken bones, wounds, and other serious harm. In fact, it is estimated that an airbag can deploy at speeds as fast as 200 miles per hour, which is more than enough to cause significant trauma and injury for passengers and drivers alike. Consequently, airbags are particularly dangerous for certain populations who are especially vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.
Causes of Airbag Malfunctions
There are several reasons why an airbag may malfunction. More often than not, however, the cause can be the result of errors in deployment of the safety device due to sensors that are not working correctly. Studies show that sometimes these airbag sensors can be triggered all of a sudden, even if the vehicle is not involved in a collision. Other times, however, the airbags can fail to deploy when a car accident does occur. Yet still an airbag can delay its deployment when involved in an accident or delay as a result of a faulty sensor. It is critical for airbags to deploy quickly and smoothly in order to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crash. There are several vehicle recalls that have happened as a result malfunctioning airbags.
Common Airbag Injuries
The injuries sustained in a car accident can vary, depending on the severity of the impact and whether or not the airbags properly deployed. Even if the airbags deployed properly, a car accident victim can still end up hurt. At times, airbag-related injuries can cause long-term disfigurement or even disability. This includes:
The speed in which the airbag deploys can result in burns or abrasions;
The chemicals that are released when an airbag deploys can irritate an accident victim’s airways, lungs, and could even trigger an asthma attack;
Deployment of an airbag can cause severe facial injuries to the eyes, nose, jack, and other parts of the face.
Legal Help in Nevada
Airbag deployment injuries are common and can cause temporary or permanent physical and/or psychological harm. If you or someone you know is the victim of a Las Vegas car accident, you likely feel overwhelmed. Know that you do not have to navigate the legal system alone. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau will use their wealth of knowledge to seek the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today.
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