Pennsylvania Airbag Accident Injury
Airbags are intended to protect automobile occupants, but often people suffer severe facial injuries due to the activation of an airbag. Such injuries typically include:
- Facial injuries
- Bone fractures
In some extreme circumstances, defective airbags may even lead to death. According to statistics published by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration airbags have killed hundreds of people in minor accidents. Those at heightened risk of airbag related injuries include children and individuals under 5 feet 2 inches in height. That is because airbags were developed for the average male. Nevertheless, even individuals of average height seem to sustain injuries at alarmingly high rates, according to recent studies. Unfortunately, the statistics bear out that one size does not fit all when it comes to airbag systems.
If you or a family member have suffered an injury from the activation of an airbag, you may be entitled to recover your out of pocket expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. From our offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Haggerty & Silveman’s attorneys specialize in handling personal injury claims of all types, including those arising from airbag injuries. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation assessment of your airbag injury claim. For a free defective airbag injury claim case evaluation, please complete our claim form online or contact us by phone at 888-243-4326.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When are airbags designed to deploy?
A: Airbags are designed to deploy in collisions comparable to hitting a solid barrier at approximately 8 to 14 miles per hour.
Q: How does an airbag deflate?
A: When a vehicle is involved in an accident a signal is sent to an inflating unit inside the air bag module, which causes the igniter to start a reaction. This reaction produces a gas to fill the airbag, which will cause the airbag to deploy through the module cover. This entire process occurs in one twentieth of a second.
Q: Can the positioning of where a person sits cause airbag problems?
A: Yes, sitting to close or too far from an airbag can cause both drivers and passengers to be injured or killed. Drivers in particular should have at least ten inches between the center of the steering wheel and the center of their chest.
Q: Do motorcycles have airbags?
A: While this may seem like a silly question, some companies offer a frontal airbag as an option like Honda’s Gold Wing touring motorcycle.
Q: How large are airbags?
A: It depends on the type of airbag, the size of the vehicle and where the airbag is located in the vehicle. A driver’s seat airbag will usually have a volume between 50 and 60 liters while a passenger;s seat airbag will usually have a volume between 90 and 120 liters.