The Ohio Department of Public Safety records indicate that more than 292,000 car crashes were reported throughout the state in 2011. Furthermore, nearly 54,000 collisions resulted in airbag deployment and the number of fatal accidents with a deployed airbag was higher than those without an airbag.
Initially designed as a supplement for seatbelts in the 1970s, airbags have now become standard in most all modern vehicles. While there was only one type of airbag when first introduced the frontal airbag recent developments in automotive safety devices have resulted in auto makers designing many different types of airbags and then incorporating them into vehicles to help reduce the amount of trauma that occupants can often experience during a crash.
Most recently one car manufacturing company introduced the pedestrian airbag which is designed to protect persons outside of the vehicle during a collision.
Some types of airbags include:
- Side airbags
- Knee airbags
- Motorcycle airbags
- Curtain airbags
Although airbags were created to protect drivers and passengers from car crash injuries, they can also cause further harm during their deployment. In 1990 the first airbag deployment fatality was reported and since then thousands more individuals have been injured by an airbag.
If you or a loved one sustained airbag injuries during a collision caused by another individuals negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy, we offer 100% FREE case reviews to help determine if you have grounds to file a damages claim and we oily get paid when we win.
Common Airbag Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 1990 and 2007 approximately more than 284 airbag related fatalities were confirmed. However, the number of injuries caused by an airbag is not precisely known.
Typically an airbag deploys within 15 to 30 milliseconds of a crash and within 60 to 80 milliseconds it has been fully inflated. If an airbag inflates too slowly or too quickly it could lead to injury, and an airbag may sometimes deploy unexpectedly due to manufacturing defects.
Some common types of airbag injuries include:
- Eye Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Breathing Problems
An asthma attack may be induced by the chemicals used to inflate the airbag and lubricate it during deployment. Some airbag injury victims have reported experiencing breathing problems after being involved in a car accident.
Airbag Safety Tips
Although airbags are meant to protect all vehicle occupants, some people may choose to disable their airbag. In fact, it is recommended that an airbag be disabled wherever a child safety seat is placed within a vehicle, this includes side airbags, knee airbags, and so on.
Some other ways to prevent airbag injuries include:
- Situate front seats as far away from the airbag deployment area as possible.
- All children should be seated in the appropriate child safety seats, including the use of a booster seat.
- Children under the age of 12 should be seated in the backseat.
- Every person inside the vehicle should wear a seatbelt. Airbags are meant to be a supplementary safety feature, not the only means of protection.
If you intend to disable an airbag within your vehicle make sure you know how to properly do so or visit a local vehicle manufacturer to help guide you through the process.
Suffered And Airbag Injury? Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today
Each day dozens of car accidents are reported which means that nearly every day another person is at risk of being injured by an airbag. If you or a loved one has suffered from airbag injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision, our team of personal injury lawyers is here to provide comprehensive legal counsel on the matter.
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy we are dedicated to representing and fighting for the rights of the injured. Our main office is located in downtown Cincinnati and we are proud to serve the surrounding areas.
To find out how we may be able to help you with our accident claim, contact us at (877) 288-3241 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your case.