Airbag Injuries

Airbags are meant to protect passengers and drivers in the case of a Florida 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.

If you were injured by a negligent driver, please don’t hesitate to contact our Tampa car accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation.

In This Article:

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.

Here are the most common airbag injuries following an accident.

Airbag Injuries to Face

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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.

Airbag Causing Chest Injuries

An airbag deploys quickly to protect occupants from an impact and reduce the likelihood of serious injuries. As the airbag bursts from the steering wheel, it comes into contact with the chest with some force.

Damage to soft tissue in the chest, bruising, and fractures to the collarbone and sternum can occur. See what typical compensation you can get from the pain and suffering of a broken sternum.

Neck and Back Injuries Caused by Airbags

The force of the airbag impacting the body can also cause neck injuries such as whiplash, along with back and spinal cord injuries like slipped or bulging discs, and even fractures.

Can Airbags Burn You?

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 Caused by Airbag Deployment

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Organ damage or lacerations may also result from the body’s impact with the airbag. Inhaling the chemicals inside the airbag can also lead to lung injuries.

Airbags Causing 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. 

Recent Case Settlement Example of an Airbag Injury

$160,000/Airbag Injury/2023

Our client, a 26-year-old petition circulator, was traveling south on Martin Luther King Street near the intersection of 2nd Ave. North when the defendant negligently changed lanes and impacted our client. As a result, our client’s vehicle was pushed off the road and collided with a fire hydrant. Because of the collision, our client’s airbags deployed.

As a result of the injuries she sustained, our client was taken to a local hospital emergency room. She had suffered abrasions and burns to her right arm and elbow as a result of the airbag deployment. She also hurt her neck, back and wrist in the crash which, together with the airbag injuries, required extensive medical treatment.

Once our client reached her maximum medical improvement, we prepared and submitted a comprehensive demand package to the defendant’s insurance company. Initially, the company attempted to minimize our client’s injuries. They suggested merely $65,000 as an initial offer to settle the claim. With the help of our client’s doctors’ opinions, we were able to eventually able to convince the insurer that the injuries were serious and likely permanent. They ultimately paid $160,000.00 to settle the claim, a result that was fair and reasonable under the circumstances and one that our client was very pleased with.

Contact an Experienced Florida Airbag Injury Lawyer

If you’ve sustained an airbag injury, contact the airbag injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk by calling 1-800-538-4878

Our experienced Tampa injury attorneys have been helping people injured in car accidents for over 30 years. 

Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 today to schedule your free consultation.