Airbags have made headlines recently, and not for the reasons one might hope. Instead of protecting drivers and passengers, some airbags have been causing injuries, ranging from burns to eye injuries and, unfortunately, death. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and your injuries were worsened by a defective airbag, contact an experienced Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer. An airbag, which is likely located in either the steering wheel or in a panel on the dashboard, is connected to a crash sensor. The sensor works by deploying at the moment the car gets into a severe crash (which usually means a head-on or near head-on collision with speeds ranging from 8 to 14 miles per hour).
When airbags deploy, they burst out of the dashboard at speeds topping 100 miles per hour. The airbags can be hot, dusty, and covered in chemicals. The airbag deploys in about 1/20th of a second, meaning the average person has very little time to react. If you are injured when an airbag deploys, you may have a claim for damages.Details