How Does Airbag Deployment Affect Your Car Accident Claim?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC May 22, 2023 Car Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunate reality that can have significant consequences on the lives of those involved. One of the factors that can greatly impact the outcome of a car accident claim is the deployment of airbags. While airbags are designed to protect passengers from injury during a collision, they can also cause damage to the vehicle and injuries to the occupants. 

After being involved in a car accident, you may have questions about the impact of airbag deployment on your claim. Fortunately, the attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are here for you. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the claims process, ensuring that you recover deserved compensation for injuries and other damages sustained from the accident. 

How Can Airbag Deployment Affect a Car Accident Claim?

Car accidents are traumatic events that can have long-lasting consequences on the lives of those involved. The deployment of airbags during a car accident can significantly impact the outcome of a claim. Airbags are designed to protect passengers from injury during a collision by deploying rapidly in the event of an accident. However, the force of airbag deployment can cause damage to the vehicle and injuries to the occupants, which can affect the compensation amount in a car accident claim.

Vehicular Damage

When airbags deploy during a car accident, they can cause extensive damage to the vehicle. The impact of the airbag can cause the dashboard, steering wheel, and other components of the vehicle to crack, bend or break. This damage can be expensive to repair and may increase the total cost of the claim. Insurance companies will consider the cost of repairing or replacing the airbag system and other damaged components when determining compensation.

Injuries from Airbags

In addition to causing damage to the vehicle, airbags can also cause injuries to the car’s occupants. While airbags are designed to protect passengers from injury, they can also cause harm. The force of the airbag deployment can cause bruises, burns, and even broken bones. In some cases, passengers may experience whiplash or other neck injuries due to the sudden movement of the airbag. These injuries can also impact compensation after a car accident claim.

The value of car accident claims depends on the specifics of each case. An airbag in an accident has the potential to cause harm, either by failing to deploy, the force of the impact, or some other manufacturing defect. Whether or not a claimant suffers airbag-related injuries, it impacts the compensation available to them.

Can You File a Claim For Improper Airbag Deployment?

In New York, filing a claim for improper airbag deployment during an accident is possible under certain circumstances. Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to produce vehicles with functioning safety features, including airbags. When a flaw in the airbag system is detected, and it plays a significant role in causing injuries or exacerbating the impact of an accident, you may be eligible to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer. 

Additionally, if the airbag issue results from negligent maintenance or repairs, a claim may be filed against the responsible party, such as a mechanic or service provider. Like with any claim, it’s crucial to consult a personal injury attorney who can help you document the details of the incident, preserve evidence, assess the specific circumstances of your case, and guide you through the process of filing a claim, ensuring you have the best chance at recovering fair compensation.

What Happens if An Airbag Doesn’t Deploy at All?

When an airbag fails to deploy during a car accident, the consequences can be severe and life-threatening. As a result of the failed deployment, victims may be forcefully thrown against hard surfaces within the vehicle, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows, resulting in potentially debilitating and fatal injuries. These injuries may include paralysis, brain injuries, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Airbags are designed to serve as a cushion during an accident and play a vital role in preventing catastrophic outcomes.

According to New York law, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are responsible for ensuring their products, including airbags, are safe and function as intended. When an airbag doesn’t deploy, causing the victim harm during a car accident, they may be able to file a lawsuit under a product liability claim, arguing the airbag was defective. This defect may be due to a design flaw, manufacturing error, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions. Navigating the legal process in these situations can be complex, involving numerous parties fighting to protect their bottom line. It’s important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to ensure they can start collecting evidence and building a strong case that will help you recover full and fair compensation.  

Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

Airbag deployment can significantly impact the outcome of a car accident claim, affecting both the damage to the vehicle and the injuries sustained by the occupants. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our award-winning attorneys have over 65 years of experience and are dedicated to navigating the complex process of filing a claim and negotiating with insurance companies. Should negotiations fail, we are always prepared to go to trial if necessary.

Lever & Ecker, PLLC, understands the importance of your health and safety as well as the financial impact that a car accident can have on your life. When you have been involved in a car accident and have questions about the impact of airbag deployment on your claim, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We are here to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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