Airbags are designed to save lives, but they can also cause serious injuries. If you have been harmed, let our airbag injury lawyer review your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
There is no doubt that airbags save lives. However, when defective or used incorrectly — and sometimes, even when used correctly — airbags can also cause drivers and passengers to suffer serious injuries. At the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C., our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers can represent you in your claim for damages if you have suffered an unreasonable injury as a result of an airbag.
Common Airbag Injuries
Airbags can result in serious injuries, even when they work as designed. Some of the most common types of airbag injuries include:
● Facial fractures. An airbag can hit a person’s face with a significant amount of force, leading to broken facial bones. These injuries can be extremely painful and, in some cases, disfiguring.
● Brain injuries. When the head or brain is hit with force, the brain can experience an injury, known as a traumatic brain injury or TBI.
● Fetal trauma/miscarriage. For pregnant women, being the victim of an airbag injury can be incredibly dangerous, as the force of the airbag could mean the loss of a fetus.
● Fractured ribs. The force of an airbag hitting a person’s chest can be so great that, in some cases, a person’s ribs may actually fracture. Rib fractures can take months to heal.
● Death. In the most serious of cases, the ejection of an airbag can cause death. This is more common when young children and infants are seated in the front seat, where they absolutely should not be.
In the past, airbags have also caused injuries by exploding without cause and sending pieces of shrapnel flying through the vehicle. This event type led to many penetration injuries.
Who is Liable for an Airbag Injury?
Determining liability for an airbag injury can be complicated especially because, in some cases, an airbag causes an injury while performing as intended. That being said, potentially liable parties for an airbag-related injury might include:
● The airbag manufacturer: If the airbag was defective and this defect was to blame for the injury, the airbag manufacturer may be held liable for damages.
● The vehicle manufacturer or distributor: A vehicle manufacturer or distributor may be liable for the defect if it failed to do due diligence in detecting the defect, or it knew of the defect and yet distributed the vehicle regardless.
● The driver responsible for the accident: If the accident and airbag injury would not have occurred but for another driver’s negligence, this driver can be held liable for damages.
How Our Edinburg Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
At the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C., our Edinburg car accident lawyer can help you by determining the source of your injuries and root cause, identifying the liable party, and building your case. For a free consultation with our skilled personal injury attorney, please call our office today or send us a message telling us more about your injuries.