Defective Airbag Lawyer in Florence Kentucky
The addition of airbags to modern vehicles has been responsible for preventing countless injuries and saving many lives, however, for all of the positive safety features airbags provide, they also can present serious risk if defective or properly installed.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious or fatal injuries caused by a defective airbag, you may be able to recover significant compensation from the airbag manufacturer for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other related damages.
It is critical that you speak to an experienced Florence, Kentucky product liability attorney so that the airbag system can be examined, properly secured, and placed on hold for the duration of your airbag lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Types of Airbag Defects
Until an attorney from Dallas & Turner has inspected the airbag system, it is impossible to determine what caused your airbag to fail, however, some of the more common causes of injury include:
Airbag Fails to Deploy
There are federal regulations that help determine which types of collisions should trigger airbag deployment, however, there have been instances when the airbag failed to deploy even though it met the required minimum threshold.
If you were involved in a collision, and your airbag failed to deploy, it is always advisable to have an attorney examine the airbag system for your make and model of vehicle to ensure it is not defective.
Incorrect Timing Mechanism
Airbags are designed to deploy with precision timing following a collision. If the timing mechanism is damaged, or not functioning properly, the mere half-second or less that it is delayed in deploying can result in serious and/or fatal injuries.
Incorrect Energy/Force Deployment
When airbags were first introduced to vehicles back in the 90’s, the deployment speed and force was so great that it resulted in several deaths and serious injuries. Stringent government regulations have helped to ensure these incidents are a rarity.
If you believe excessive airbag force has left you with serious injuries, it is important that you have the system be investigated to ensure the mechanism that controls deployment speed is not defective.
Defective Parts Related to Airbag System
There are several internal components and sensors that are required to ensure an airbag system is properly working. If any of these parts fail, the potential for airbag failure increases dramatically.
Recently, the Takata airbag recall has been in the news for the company’s production of airbag systems that have the potential to explode with shrapnel upon deployment due to faulty components. (Takata airbags were installed on millions of vehicles across 10 different car manufacturers, making it one of the largest ever airbag recalls.)
Ultimately, automobile manufacturers and the partners they choose to work with are responsible for the safe installation and proper functioning of a vehicle’s airbag system. When these systems fail, the responsible parties should be held accountable.
Injuries Caused by Defective Airbags
Airbags are designed to work in tandem with proper seatbelt use, however, even if you are wearing a seatbelt and an airbag deploys, there are several types of injuries that can occur, especially if the airbag is found to be defective.
Injuries associated with defective airbags can include:
- Broken nose/facial bones
- Serious lacerations
- Broken neck
- Brain Trauma (Closed head injuries)
No matter the type of injuries you suffered from an airbags deployment or failure to activate, you should always seek medical treatment as well as ensure the vehicle is properly secured until an experienced product liability attorney can investigate the airbag system and all of its components.
Do Not Sign Papers or Speak to Anyone
Defective airbag lawsuits are costly and complex. Additionally, they are defended aggressively by large auto manufacturers armed with high-priced attorneys who will attempt to limit liability and settle your claim for as little as possible. We advise anyone who has been injured by an airbag to avoid talking to an insurance company or auto manufacturer representative until all the facts and evidence have been collected.
It is not uncommon for large manufacturers to try and place fault with the driver, or vehicle owner, especially in the event of a serious injury caused by their airbag system.
Do not accept their explanation or attempts to settle without talking to an experienced Kentucky defective airbag lawyer.
Contact a Kentucky Defective Airbag Lawyer
If you believe a defective airbag is responsible for you injuries, it is possible that you have a lawsuit against the airbag manufacturer.
It is critical that you speak to a Florence, Kentucky product liability lawyer that can secure evidence related to the airbag and begin investigating any past or present negligence issues with the manufacturer.
You can speak to a Dallas & Turner, PLLC, lawyer immediately about your potential airbag claim by calling us direct at 859-630-0666, or you can write to us with the details of your accident by using our free contact form.
We look forward to going to work for you.
"If you think you have a claim regarding a defective airbag, let our experienced products liability attorneys help you get the compensation you deserve."James Ryan Turner, Injury Lawyer in Florence, KY