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Car Airbag Injury Lawyers

Injuries from AirbagsAirbags are an essential safety device that protect a driver and passenger in serious car accidents. The airbag serves as the last remaining shield between one’s body and the front window of a car. Without airbags, individuals in car accidents could go through the windshield and likely be unable to survive a serious crash.

Our Illinois auto accident attorneys will take the time to understand the traumatic experience that you have had with airbags. We understand how overwhelming and stressful the experience of recovering from a car accident can be. Our law office has worked with other individuals who have suffered serious injuries as a result of impact with an airbag, and we are ready to use our experience to benefit your case. Please get in touch with our Illinois auto accident lawyers to receive more information about your case.

The Mechanics of Airbags and How They Can Malfunction

An airbag is a safety device that instantly inflates upon a collision. Unfortunately, not all drivers and passengers are familiar with the ways in which airbags work. Some people are also unaware that airbags can cause severe injuries and even death.

In the course of an accident, a sensor will signal that a collision has taken place and trigger the inflation of an airbag. Automakers install airbag devices into side doors, dashboards and panels of a car. Most cars feature a design where airbags inflate from all directions to cushion the upper body of the driver or passenger in a crash.

Sometimes, an airbag may malfunction and inflate for no reason. If a driver is unaware that an airbag is about to malfunction, he or she may be at risk for causing a serious car accident and suffer from injuries as a result.

Safety Tips to Remember When Using Cars With Airbags

If you have a car that is equipped with an airbag, then there are some steps that you can take to minimize your risk of injury. Because newer car models now feature multiple airbags in the front and back seats, it is even more important that drivers are fully informed about safety tips associated with airbags that include:

  • Always use a seat belt in cars with airbags
  • Attempt to be at least 10 inches away from an airbag when it inflates
  • Remember that the first 2 to 3 inches from an airbag are considered the “danger zone”
  • Keep children in the backseats
  • Bear in mind that children are at a high risk of serious injury if they are in a front seat when an airbag inflates
  • Keep child car seats in the back rows of the car
  • If a child must sit in the front seat of a car, then make sure that you use a booster seat

National Airbag Injury Statistics

In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a research report detailing airbag injury statistics for adults and children. The study found that:

  • 172 children suffered from severe injuries from airbags
  • 38 children had life-threatening injuries
  • 91 drivers suffered fatal injuries
  • 7 drivers had life-threatening injuries
  • 13 passengers received fatal injuries

In addition, the NHTSA has also released these statistics in regards to airbags and their dangers:

  • Over 50 manufacturers have recalled at least one type of car due to defects in airbags
  • Over 570,000 airbags have been released in the front passenger seat
  • 175 people died as a result of airbag injuries from 1900 to 2000
  • The majority of individuals who die as a result of airbag injuries are children

Injuries Caused to People By Airbags

Individuals who are harmed by defective airbags can suffer severe injuries that include:

  • Eye injuries
  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Asthma attacks
  • Shock
  • Crushed limbs
  • Burns
  • Suffocation
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Contact Experienced Illinois Auto Accident Lawyers for Your Free Case Evaluation When You Sustain An Airbag Injury

Contact our Illinois auto accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for help with your airbag injury case. We are available at any time and always welcome inquiries from the public. Our lawyers are here to help you and have sympathy for you in this difficult time. We will fight hard to get you the justice and financial compensation that you deserve.


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