Motor vehicles have come a long way in the way of safety features. Front and side airbags are not common in nearly every vehicle made, as are several other safety options. Seatbelts and airbags can save lives, but in some instances they may contribute to your injuries. Arguments have been made that an airbag either caused the injury by inflating too quickly, by underinflating, or by some other defect.
An organization devoted to increasing safety awareness in several areas related to consumer products has this to say about whether an airbag can contribute to your injuries:
- The rate at which an airbag inflates can itself be the cause of an injury. When hit square in the face or upper torso with significant force, an injury can either be caused or its impact heightened.
- The distance at which your seat is from the place of deployment of the airbag can also play a role. It is important to sit close enough to be able to steer, reach the gas pedal, and apply the brakes. Finding that spot can be tricky when determining if you are so close that an inflated airbag might cause you harm, or too far away that a deployed airbag would be ineffective.
- A delay in the airbag’s inflation could cause a driver or passenger to lurch forward with the motion of the vehicle and then be pushed forcefully back when the airbag deploys.
Airbags have been the cause of broken bones, bruising, and even severe head trauma. While use of restraint and safety systems is critical to surviving an accident, the instances where an airbag caused an injury do occur. If you have been in an accident and suffered an injury due to the airbag, or your injuries are worse than they should be due to an airbag, call for a thorough examination of the facts of your case. We can help you pinpoint the cause of your injuries and seek fair compensation.
If you’ve been in an accident, call an experienced attorney for help. We help by giving your case individualized attention and working towards results that fit the unique facts of your case. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney and schedule an appointment today.