The Airbag and Your Car Accident Claim
Being involved in a car accident can be an incredibly stressful experience. Besides the physical, emotional, and financial burdens, you may also have to navigate a complex car insurance claim. One factor that can affect your claim is whether or not the airbag was deployed during the crash. Let’s look at what happens if your airbag does not inflate during an accident and how it affects your car accident claim.
What Happens If the Airbag Does Not Inflate?
Airbags are designed to deploy in the event of an accident in order to provide cushioning and protect passengers from harm. If they do not deploy, this could lead to more severe injuries than if they had deployed properly. It is important to find out why the airbag did not deploy so that you can adequately assess fault for the accident. Some reasons for an airbag not deploying include a malfunction in the airbag system itself or if sensors were blocked due to items placed between seats or on dashboards, such as cell phones or other objects.
How Does This Affect Your Car Accident Claim?
If it is determined that your airbags failed to deploy due to manufacturer defect or negligence on behalf of another party, then you may be able to pursue compensation for any related damages or injuries sustained in the accident. For example, if you were injured because of an airbag failure, then you could seek reimbursement for medical bills as part of your car accident claim. You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering caused by the malfunctioning airbag. In addition, you may be eligible for punitive damages if gross negligence was involved with the faulty airbags; these types of damages are typically awarded when manufacturers fail to maintain standards of safety and quality when producing products like cars with airbags.
It is important that after any kind of car accident involving an airbag deployment (or lack thereof), victims contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that they can assert their rights under applicable laws and help ensure they receive the compensation they are entitled to receive. Such lawyers will also help gather evidence such as witness statements, photos from the scene, repair invoices, etc., which will all help strengthen your case should it proceed further than insurance negotiations alone cannot resolve it satisfactorily for all parties involved.
The effects of airbag deployment—or lack thereof—on a car accident claim can vary greatly depending on who is at fault and what caused them not to deploy properly in the first place. It is important that victims consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer immediately following any vehicular collision so that their rights are asserted appropriately within applicable laws and so that they get fair treatment throughout their claims process toward receiving rightful compensation for any injuries sustained due to faulty product design or malfunctions caused by another party’s gross negligence. Only then will they have peace of mind knowing that justice has been served even after experiencing significant trauma due to someone else’s actions or mistakes on our roads today.