Airbags have been a great life-saving safety measure for automobiles. However, air bags can also cause serious injuries, especially to smaller passengers. Those injuries are rare, but can be very serious, sometimes even more serious than the accident would have been if the airbags had not deployed.
Airbags deploy when an automobile crash occurs because an electronic signal tells them to deploy. A chemical reaction occurs that inflates the bag with gas in less than a second. The bags deploy at very high speeds and sometimes they deploy in accidents which occur at low speeds. Unfortunately, the rapid deployment can sometimes cause serious injuries. Also, the bag is not a soft cottony material – it is very rough canvas that can cause injuries if a person is hit hard enough by it.
Some injuries that can occur are burns – either abrasion burns, chemical burns or other burns. Abrasion burns are caused when an individual strikes an airbag at a high speed. Chemical burns can be caused by contact with the chemical that’s released when the bag deploys, which can cause eye damage or blindness. Still other burns are caused by the high temperatures reached by the gases. Those burns usually affect the chest, arms, face and hands. In rare cases, those burns can disfigure an accident victim for life.
If you have suffered injuries from vehicle air bags, call the Dallas airbag injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm to discuss your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation from either the other driver involved in the accident or the vehicle manufacturer. Call us today at 866-986-1529.