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August 16, 2023 | Motor-Vehicle Accidents

How Airbag Deployment Can Affect Your Injury Claim

Securing Damages After an Airbag Deployment Injury

Airbags were made to keep motorists and their passengers safe in the event of an automobile accident. Although it is estimated that airbags have saved 50,000 lives over a 30-year period, sometimes the very thing designed to prevent injuries in a crash actually causes injuries. Airbags can cause serious injuries when they deploy, but there are also times when injuries occur when they fail to deploy or deploy when they shouldn’t. Below we will look at how airbag deployment can affect the outcome of your car accident injury case.

Were you or a loved one injured by an airbag? If so, you might be able to seek compensation in an airbag deployment claim. The NYC car accident lawyers at Ajlouny Injury Law will thoroughly research the cause of your injuries, identify who is responsible, and fight to hold them accountable for your losses. To get started, contact our office online or call (718) 233-3913 today to schedule your free consultation.

How Do Airbags Work?

Since 1998, all passenger vehicles are required to be equipped with airbags. Airbags are inflatable cushions built into a car that protect drivers and passengers from hitting hard objects, such as the dashboard or car frame, during an accident. In fact, it has been shown that airbags reduced the fatality rate in frontal crashes by 29%.

Airbags deploy when onboard sensors detect movements that indicate an impending crash. Once detected, the sensors trigger a small explosive device that detonates within the airbag module, inflating the bag almost instantaneously. 

How Airbags Can Affect Your Car Accident Claim

Airbags are meant to deploy in moderate to severe accidents. This means that if the airbags deployed during your accident, it will support your claim for serious injuries. Furthermore, the airbags themselves, although they tend to prevent severe, often fatal injuries, can actually cause injuries, such as neck injuries or hand sprains. These injuries can strengthen your claim further and result in a larger verdict or settlement.

Airbag Deployment and Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. So it is no surprise that in order to make a profit, they try to minimize payouts to injured victims. Very often, they work to discredit your claim of injury or at least minimize the seriousness of those injuries. 

When an airbag deploys, it is more difficult for the insurance company to dispute your injury claim, which gives your attorney more bargaining power when negotiating with the insurance company. This typically results in a higher amount of compensation.

What If Faulty Airbags Caused Your Injuries?

Airbags are one of the most important safety features a car can have, but when they don’t work the way they are supposed to, they pose a major risk. Although airbags are there to protect us in the event of a car accident, sometimes they fail to operate properly, thus being the direct cause of serious injuries. In fact, defective airbags have caused thousands of serious injuries and even fatalities over the years. 

Faulty airbags can fail to deploy, deploy at the wrong time, deploy with excessive force, or explode. If you were injured by a defective airbag, you might be entitled to compensation from the car manufacturer, airbag manufacturer, or other third party involved in making or installing the airbag. 

Common Injuries Caused by Airbags

A serious car accident can result in a wide range of injuries. However, some injuries are more commonly associated with airbag deployment. Airbag-related injuries include the following:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Eye and face injuries
  • Loss of hearing
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sprains to the hands, fingers, and wrists
  • Broken bones
  • Injuries to the neck and spine
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Internal organ damage
  • Fractured and/or broken ribs
  • Lung damage caused by inhaling chemicals released by the airbag
  • Cardiac injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Consult with an NYC Car Accident Lawyer for FREE

If you were injured in a car accident in which your airbag deployed, you deserve compensation for your injuries and subsequent losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The amount and type of damages are often affected when an airbag deploys, so it is important to have an attorney who will thoroughly research why the airbag deployed and whether the airbag caused your injuries.
At Ajlouny Injury Law, our NYC car accident lawyers represent injured victims in a wide range of auto accident claims, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. When you need an attorney who will fight to get you the maximum compensation available, reach out to Ajlouny Injury Law. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there are absolutely no fees unless we win your

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