Airbags are meant to protect passengers and drivers in the case of an accident. While many times they do offer life-saving protection, airbags can also be the source of serious injury. Airbags have the potential to cause life-altering injuries. These devices can also exacerbate injuries or cause accidents due to accidental deployment.
Common Types of Airbag Injuries
Airbag deployment can lead to a range of injuries. The rate of airbag deployment, chemicals in the device, the design of the device, and the use of a seatbelt can all impact the types of airbag injuries sustained. Common types of airbag injuries include:
- Facial Injuries — one purpose of the airbag is to prevent your face from colliding with the windshield. Your face is usually the first part of your body to make contact with the airbag, so it takes on much of the force. A collision with the airbag can cause fractures to some of the smaller bones in the face. Permanent scarring can result from airbag impact with the face. Airbag burns from the chemicals used in the airbag can also result. In addition, injuries to the eyes can be caused by the sudden impact.
- Chest Injuries—to protect you from being thrown out of the car, an airbag releases quickly and hard. As the airbag bursts from the steering wheel, it comes in contact with the chest with some force. Damage to soft tissue in the chest, bruising, and fractures to the collarbone and sternum can occur.
- Neck and Back Injuries—the force of the airbag impacting the body can also cause neck injuries such as whiplash and back and spinal cord injuries such as slipped or bulging discs and even fractures.
- Burn Injuries—the speed of the airbag leaving the steering wheel can result in abrasions and burns when it makes contact with the body. These burns can be caused by the airbag itself or the chemicals used inside the airbag. Burns to the face and arms are common.
- Internal Injuries—organ damage or laceration can also result from the body’s impact with the airbag. Inhaling the chemicals inside the airbag can also lead to lung injuries.
- Fractures—fractures to the face, collarbone, arms, and even legs can occur when the body is struck by the airbag.
These injuries can have serious life-altering consequences and may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Contact an Experienced Florida Attorney
If you’ve sustained an airbag injury, you should have an experienced and trusted attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have been helping people injured in car accidents for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 today to schedule your free consultation.