My Airbags Didn’t Deploy During a Car Accident. Now What?
Last updated Monday, November 6th, 2023
Airbags save lives every year. In fact, frontal airbags are estimated to have saved more than 50,000 lives since the late 1980s, when they were widely adopted by most commercial car companies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Unfortunately, airbags don’t always deploy as intended. When they don’t, accident victims can suffer severe injuries.
Often, when an airbag does not correctly deploy during a car accident, it’s because the airbag is defective. If you were injured in a crash and the airbags did not deploy, you should know about your legal options and how a defective airbag lawyer from Wocl Leydon Personal Injury Lawyers, can help you seek compensation for your losses.
Why Didn’t My Airbag Deploy in a Car Accident?
A few examples of reasons an airbag might not deploy in a car crash include:
- The airbag’s propellant is defective – Airbags rely on an explosive propellant to deploy fast enough to be effective in a crash. If this propellant does work as designed, the airbag may not inflate properly, resulting in injuries.
- The airbag’s sensors are defective – If the sensors that are supposed to detect a crash fail, the airbags may not deploy when needed.
- The car’s electrical system has been damaged – In certain crashes, the electrical wires that power the airbag system could be severed, preventing the airbags from deploying.
- The crash was not severe enough to cause the airbags to deploy – Airbags are designed to deploy only under certain conditions, as they can cause severe injuries if they deploy when they aren’t needed, such as in a low-speed collision.
Does My Car Have Defective Airbags?
If your car’s airbags did not deploy during an accident, especially in a high-speed collision, the airbags might have been defective. The best way to find out if you have faulty airbags is to reach out to a car accident attorney and explain the circumstances of the crash. The attorney can investigate the accident to determine what happened and why the airbags didn’t deploy. Depending on what they find, they could then help you pursue compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Potential Injuries from Defective Airbags
Some of the most common injuries that occur in defective airbag accidents include:
- Broken arms, wrists, and hands
- Injuries to the head and face
- Broken ribs
- Injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
Can I Sue If My Car’s Airbags Didn’t Inflate?
You may have grounds to sue for airbag failure if you can show that the airbags were somehow defective. In that case, an experienced attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit against the car’s manufacturer, the airbag supplier, or another at-fault party.
Talk to an attorney to learn more about your legal options and whether you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact Our Experienced Connecticut Defective Airbag Attorneys Today
The Connecticut car accident attorneys at Wocl Leydon, LLC, are committed to helping accident victims pursue the compensation they need when defective airbags have injured them.