California Airbag Injury lawyer
Vehicles are equipped with a variety of safety features designed to improve your chances of survival and to minimize the seriousness of your injuries in the event that you are involved in an automobile accident. Unfortunately, these safety features are not always effective, if at all functional in the first place.
All too often, car manufacturers have to issue a recall on various safety features after learning that their design or implementation was defective. Airbags are a commonly recalled safety feature and can be among the most dangerous features when not functioning correctly.
During an accident, particularly one that involves a front-end collision, your car’s airbags are supposed to deploy at a high speed to prevent you from taking on the brunt of the impact. The airbags, along with the assistance of your seat belt, will also help to keep you inside the car. If your airbag does not deploy properly, the result can be catastrophic.
While airbags are designed to leave the steering wheel very quickly to ensure that you are adequately protected from the impact, they can sometimes travel at speeds that can inflict injuries. An airbag that deploys too quickly can break bones, including your nose, jaw, or arms. A short driver or front-seat passenger may also suffer severe injuries if the airbag springs into action too quickly.
The most common reason for an airbag recall is not the speed at which they deploy but the discovery that they simply do not work at all. If you are in a front-end collision and your front airbag does not deploy, your body will receive the brunt of the impact. This could lead to serious injury and even death.
It is the responsibility of all automobile manufacturers to ensure that every safety feature is in full working order before any vehicle is driven or put up for sale. If the manufacturer installed a defective airbag and failed to realize that it will not properly serve its purpose in a crash, they can be held liable for your injuries.
At The May Firm, we won’t allow your vehicle’s manufacturer to avoid compensating you for the injuries that you suffered as a result of their negligence. If you’ve been hurt by a defective airbag, The May Firm’s California Airbag Injury lawyer will fight for you! Contact us 24/7.
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Designed For Safety: Airbags Can Cause Serious Injury
The purpose of an airbag is to protect you in the event that you are involved in a car accident. For a vehicle to be legal to drive on any California roadway, it must be equipped with front airbags to protect the driver and any front-seat passenger if they are involved in a front-end collision. Many newer vehicles are also now equipped with airbags along the sides to protect the driver, front-seat passenger, and back-seat passengers in the event that the vehicle is struck on its side. If any of these airbags do not deploy, you could be seriously injured.
In addition to an airbag not deploying or traveling too quickly, you can also be hurt by airbags that deploy at the wrong time. Airbags are supposed to deploy the moment there is a collision. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a car can be involved in an accident and the airbag will deploy after the collision when the driver and passengers are least expecting it. After an accident, a driver may be leaning forward. If the airbag deploys at that moment, the results could be deadly.
Airbag failure is entirely within the control of the manufacturer and the injuries that result from faulty airbags are entirely avoidable. It is up to the manufacturer to ensure that a vehicle’s airbags are in proper working order. If they fail to do so, the lives and well-being of the driver and passengers are on the line. Airbag injuries can be prevented.
Airbag Failure: Who Is Responsible?
Manufacturers are responsible for the quality and functionality of a vehicle’s airbags. It is their responsibility to ensure that the airbags are working properly and that they are installed correctly. Recalls are a way in which manufacturers are able to warn the public about a defective safety feature and provide them with the opportunity to have their vehicle repaired to ensure safety in the future. Unfortunately, recalls often are a result of an accident that led to the discovery of a defective safety feature. If a manufacturer issues an airbag recall, you can assume that someone else paid the price of their negligence and was injured in an accident.
Manufacturers must be held responsible for the products that they put on the open market. If a vehicle’s safety features are negligently designed or are not properly installed, the consumers are the ones who will ultimately suffer the consequences. If a manufacturer fails to ensure a vehicle’s safety and you are injured as a result, they are responsible for compensating you for your injuries.