Automobile accidents have been a major source of injuries and death to Americans for decades. Over the years, safety improvements have been made to make our vehicles safer and help protect occupants from injury. One such major innovation was the installation of airbags to protect vehicle occupants in the case of a collision. Unfortunately, if the airbag fails to deploy or deploys when it shouldn’t, significant injuries can occur to the occupants of the vehicle. Such a failure raises the following question: what should you do after you get injured from a faulty airbag?
The failure of safety devices in automobiles to function properly results in thousands of injuries to vehicle occupants every year. Faulty airbags top the list of such injury causing devices. When an airbag properly deploys during an accident, it can protect the occupants from serious injuries. In the case of faulty airbags, injuries to both the driver and passengers may result. Vehicle airbag deployment is controlled by sensors placed in the vehicle.
When functioning properly, these sensors deploy the airbag when a crash occurs and protects the occupant from injury. However, when the crash sensor malfunctions and does not deploy at the correct moment, serious injuries can occur. Airbag malfunctions include airbag deployment when no crash has occurred, deploying too late after a crash, or not deploying at all.
Some manufacturers have issued recalls related to faulty airbags they have produced in the past. Such faulty airbags are responsible for countless numbers of injuries and even deaths due to malfunctioning airbags. Cars recalled for faulty airbags are not safe to drive but the issuance of a recall by the manufacturer of the device does not eliminate their liability for injuries that result from the failure of the devices to deploy properly. Manufacturer liability for injuries due to defective airbags falls under product liability laws. To recover damages for injuries suffered by the defect, the injured party simply needs to show that the product defect caused or in some way contributed to their injuries.
As already noted, defective airbags can cause serious, even fatal injuries. The most common airbag-related injuries are abrasions and minor burns. More serious injuries include broken bones and eye injuries. Some defective airbags have projected metal fragments at passengers and drivers, resulting in serious head and brain injuries, including blindness and death. Of course, if the airbag fails to deploy at all, the full spectrum of injuries that can occur in any car accident absent airbag protection may occur.
If you have been injured due to a defective airbag, you should contact the Thomas J. Henry Law firm as soon as possible. At Thomas J. Henry, the largest personal injury law firm in Texas, our product liability expert lawyers can assist you through the entire legal process, start to finish. Our goal is to always get you full compensation for your injuries, including all medical bills, lost wages, and even compensation for your pain and suffering. Thomas J. Henry has the experience, expertise, and determination to get you the large settlements and verdicts you deserve. Call the Thomas J. Henry Law firm today at 361-221-5053.