What happens when safety devices fail in an auto accident
After seatbelts, airbags are the most common safety device in automobiles across the country. Activating at moderate to high speeds at the moment of a crash, drivers count on these devices to protect them and cushion their impact if they are in a car accident. When these devices don’t function properly, however, they provide no protection or, in some cases, can put drivers in greater danger.
A lot of science and engineering goes into making an airbag work properly. A special mixture of chemicals inflates the bag rapidly, while special tethers help the airbag retain its proper shape. With so many pieces that can go wrong, it’s important to understand why some air bags malfunction when you’re pursuing compensation.
Poor design is the first risk factor for an airbag. For safety reasons, airbags should inflate upward and then outward when they release. If an airbag inflates outward first, it can increase the force of impact or hit the driver at an unexpected angle. Car manufacturers are responsible for installing safe airbags in their cars.
Faulty sensors or mechanisms mean your airbag might not inflate in the case of a crash. While you should always be wearing your seatbelt, as well, even with the proper precautions your head can be thrown into the dashboard or steering wheel, causing a skull fracture, concussion or facial injury. Both manufacturers and auto mechanics should advise you of any possible issues with your car’s crash sensors or safety devices.
Finally, if a car was involved in a previous crash where the airbags deployed, all safety devices must be properly reset, or else something could go wrong in a later crash. If your vehicle had a previous accident that you were not told about, you can hold the seller responsible for those issues and file for compensation.
The experienced Baltimore auto accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage any driver who’s been injured in an accident to contact them contact them toll free at (800) 918-8872 or online, especially if they’ve suffered additional injuries from an airbag failure or defect. They have extensive experience handling accidents and product liability cases and take pride in getting injured victims the compensation they deserve. They help victims injured by defective products throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County.