Learn About Your Legal Rights if You Suffered Injuries Due to Late Airbag Deployment
When you are involved in a car accident, the airbags in your vehicle are supposed to help protect you from serious injury. But, in order to protect you, they need to deploy properly. If they deploy even a split second too late, not only can they fail to protect you, but they can potentially even do more harm than good.
Understanding Your Legal Rights After a Late Airbag Deployment
If you suffered serious injuries due to late airbag deployment, you have clear legal rights. Whether your airbag was defective or it deployed late for other reasons, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of your airbag’s failure. You can—and should—hire a lawyer to represent you at no out-of-pocket cost, and you should work with your lawyer to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately, late airbag deployments happen far more often than they should. When they happen, the consequences can be devastating. Whether you suffered facial injuries, eye injuries or any other type of airbag injury, filing a successful claim could be essential for ensuring that you have the financial resources you need to move on. Our lawyers can help; and, if you believe that you may have a claim for late airbag deployment, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation.
FAQs: Understanding Late Airbag Deployments
Why Didn’t My Airbags Deploy When I was Hit?
Airbags can fail to properly deploy for a variety of different reasons. In many cases, late airbag deployments are due to electrical issues or problems with the sensors in the vehicle. Determining the specific cause of your late airbag deployment will require a detailed investigation, and it will be important for you to hire a lawyer to investigate your case as soon as possible.
How Much Time Does an Airbag Have to Deploy?
In the event of a collision, a vehicle’s airbags must deploy almost instantly in order to provide adequate protection. When an airbag functions properly, it will typically deploy in about 1/20th of a second, or roughly the blink of an eye. If it takes any longer for an airbag to deploy, it can be too late for the airbag to prevent serious injury—and late deployment can also cause injuries due to the driver’s or passenger’s proximity to the airbag and the extreme force of its inflation.
Is it Possible for an Airbag to Deploy at Random?
While the answer should be, “No,” this unfortunately isn’t the case. Airbags do occasionally deploy at random. From excessive heat to faulty sensors, these failures can also have various causes. Manufacturers must take adequate precautions to prevent random airbag deployments; and, when they fail to do so, they can—and should—be held accountable.
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