Airbag-Induced Injury Claims
As of July 1, 2008, more than 27,000 people were alive because of frontal airbags, according to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There is no doubt that airbags save lives. However, defective airbags can cause serious injuries and fatalities.
The auto defect attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, are experienced in investigating and litigating airbag-induced injuries. If you were injured because an airbag deployed too soon, too forcefully or unnecessarily, it is important to discuss your legal rights and options with a lawyer.
Experienced in Airbag Injury Lawsuits
Our law firm has many years of experience obtaining financial compensation for victims of airbag-induced injuries.
In a case against General Motors, we successfully represented a 22-year-old woman who was left in a permanent vegetative state due to brain damage caused by an airbag injury.
Older generation airbags are more likely to cause injuries than newer, so-called smart airbags, which sense when a lap belt is latched and adjust the rate of deployment accordingly. Older airbags did not have tethers to help reduce the force of an airbag’s deployment, which can exceed 200 miles per hour.
Airbag deployments can cause a variety of injuries, including:
- Facial burns and bruises
- Blindness and eye injuries
- Broken facial, hand and arm bones
- Amputations of fingers
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
Airbags sometimes deploy unnecessarily in fender benders and other low-speed crashes. These car accidents would have caused no injuries whatsoever if the airbags had not deployed.
Our attorneys and investigators will thoroughly research the reason for your injury and, if an airbag defect was involved, we will work to maximize financial compensation for damages.
Failure to Deploy
Sometimes air bags do not deploy when they should, leading to injuries to seat-belted occupants. This lack of deployment can be a result of sensor failures or sensor placement and settings.
To discuss your case, please contact the attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. We represent clients in Los Angeles, Southern California and California. We also consult with attorneys and clients across the nation.