Facial Injuries Caused by Airbags
Although the airbag was originally designed as a safety mechanism for protection, it has also been responsible for several minor, severe, and even fatal accidents. Airbag injuries are rare, but they are often severe, and having to experience one can be traumatizing.
How Airbag Injuries Occur
Airbag injuries usually occur when airbags deploy incorrectly. The most common cause of incorrect deployment is a crash sensor malfunction. Crash sensors are placed throughout the car. These crash sensors are placed in cars to detect if the vehicle has been involved in a crash.
When the sensors sense a crash, they send signals to the airbags causing them to deploy. If a crash sensor malfunctions, its effects on the airbags are numerous.
Some of these effects include:
- Deployment of the airbag at the wrong time, such as when you are driving down the highway;
- Deployment in a low-impact crash, which may cause injury;
- Failure to deploy the airbag in the occurrence of a crash;
- One air bag might deploy, and the other one might not;
- Late deployment of the airbag. If an airbag is deployed even a second late, it can cause severe injuries to your head and neck.
Types of Facial Injuries Caused by Airbags
Your face is the most injury-prone part of your body when your vehicle crashes. The purpose of the airbag is to prevent your face from direct impact with the windshield. In the course of protecting your face, the force of the airbag may be too much, causing injury to parts of your face like your eye and nose. These facial injuries range from:
- Damage like permanent or temporary blindness in one or both eyes. Eye injuries like retinal tears or retinal detachment resulting from a sudden deployment of the airbag.
- Fractures in the skull, the eye socket, or the nose.
- The chemical reaction that produces the hot gases that inflate the airbag can cause burns to the face, which may be disfiguring.
- The speed at which the airbag deploys can also cause impact burns on your face.
These types of injuries can take weeks, months, or even years to fully heal (if ever). That means you could be forced to incur thousands of dollars in medical expenses and time away from work. This is why it makes sense to pursue a civil claim after an accident.
If you suffered an airbag-related injury, make sure you do not throw away the airbag or its parts when you are involved in an auto accident. Having the airbag itself can prove to be invaluable evidence against the airbag manufacturer, if it is found to be defective.
Speak to a Houston Airbag Injury Lawyer Today
If you were seriously hurt in a collision after your airbags deployed, you need to get in touch with the Houston personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today 713-221-6800. We offer free, confidential consultations. During the consultation, you will get the chance to speak to an attorney about what exactly happened and whether it makes sense to move forward with a claim against the airbag manufacturer, the negligent motorist, or multiple defendants.