Airbags have been required for all vehicles since 1995, and they have saved many lives. But airbags cause a small proportion of injuries and fatalities when deployed in a car accident. When an airbag causes an accident, turn to our Phoenix airbag injury attorneys for advice.
Zanes Law will determine if the airbag has any known flaws and who might be liable for those flaws. If we find a liable party, our team will build a product liability case and pursue compensation for you or, in wrongful death cases, for your family.
How do Airbags Work?
A sensor in your car detects that a crash has started and signals the airbag. A chemical reaction happens in the airbag to make it rapidly fill with air, like a small explosion. The airbag shoots out of its compartment to prevent the driver or passenger from hitting their head on a harder surface.
This happens in as little as 1/20th of a second, and it must be timed perfectly. If the airbag doesn’t deploy or deploys too late or too soon, it won’t protect you. If you are closer than 10 inches from the deploying back, the violence of the explosion can make the airbag injure you.
One thing we will need to examine for your airbag injury case is the airbag sensor. If the sensor is faulty or was recalled and not replaced, you could have a case against the manufacturer.
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Airbag deployment involves several chemicals and lubricating dust that can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs. If you are allergic to these chemicals or develop asthma after your car accident and we can trace it to the airbag, you could get compensation.
Airbags can also abrade the skin or injure the eyes if they explode too late. Rarely, burns are also possible. If you feel an airbag caused your injuries, see a doctor for a diagnosis and then contact our law firm. Our airbag injury attorneys in Phoenix may be able to help you.
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Takata Airbag Recalls
One infamous manufacturer of airbags is Takata. Their airbags have caused over a dozen deaths and two dozen injuries in the United States and many more worldwide. Unfortunately, according to the NHTSA, there are millions of cars that still have these faulty airbags.
The problem with these bags is the igniter. Humidity can decay the ammonium nitrate used to make the gas in that model and cause a stronger explosion—so strong that the metal canister surrounding the bag can rupture and send shrapnel into the car.
The older your vehicle is and the more hot and humid the environment, the more likely that this can happen. If you have an older vehicle, we encourage you to check if you have a recalled Takata airbag and get it replaced.
If you’ve had your airbag replaced at a shop or replaced it yourself, there is a tiny chance that your airbag may be counterfeit. Many of the bags that we’ve seen fail can be traced back to cost-cutting measures by counterfeit manufacturers.
Holding a counterfeit manufacturer accountable is extremely difficult. You will need a lawyer with experience in product liability cases, like the lawyers at Zanes Law. Tell us your story and see if we can help you.
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How Our Airbag Injury Attorneys Will Help You
After an injury, you need a legal expert to help you deal with insurance companies and get your due compensation. Here are just some ways our attorneys will help you with your case.
- Confirming that an airbag caused your injuries
- Examine the wreckage to find out who manufactured the airbag and the sensor
- Check for active recalls on the device
- Look up information on any allergens used in the airbag
- Calculate all the damages you’re eligible for from the airbag manufacturer, as well as any other parties involved in your car accident
- Approach the manufacturer and their insurer with your claim and negotiate for a fair settlement
- If we cannot settle, take your case to court and argue for your compensation in front of a judge and jury
Once you’ve retained a lawyer, you can focus on recovering from your car accident, not worrying about how to pay for it. Our Phoenix airbag accident lawyers work on contingency, so you will owe them nothing unless you win compensation in your case.
Get Help After Your Airbag Injury
If you live in Phoenix and your airbag has malfunctioned, the manufacturer of the airbag could owe you compensation. Find out by contacting a Phoenix airbag injuries attorney for a free consultation and case evaluation. To get started, call us at the number on your screen or email us through our contact form.