Airbags are designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event that their vehicles are involved in a serious accident. When a collision occurs, sensors placed at various points throughout the car perform calculations and time the inflation of the airbag to help prevent the passengers from being thrown violently into the dashboard or door, or through the windshield. When working properly, the bags inflate extremely quickly, but also begin to deflate almost instantaneously.
Unfortunately, airbags do not always make situations safer for the people inside a car. If the devices deploy too early or too late, the force with which they open can cause additional trauma. Likewise, if an accident is not severe enough to warrant the utilization of airbags, yet they deploy anyways, they can harm people in an otherwise injury-free accident. Obviously, if an airbag fails to deploy when it is needed, the consequences can be grave.
Injuries from Airbags
Though they are meant to be safety devices, airbags can sometimes cause harm to those they are meant to protect. This is particularly true if the deployment device is defective. The following are some statistics related to airbag injuries.
- Airbags inflate at speeds up to 200 mph.
- From 1990 to 2001, airbags caused 215 deaths in “low-severity” wrecks.
- Airbag failure to deploy causes four times as many injuries as do faulty deployments.
While most airbag injuries are not caused by defective manufacturing, in a system that relies on precision and timing, even minor defects can be devastating.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been injured due to a defective airbag system, you may be eligible for compensation. To explore your legal options, contact the Stevens Point car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.