Our Michigan car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims injured in all types of auto accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, defective road accidents, pedestrian accidents and more. One of the major causes of accidents can be the airbag because most people do not follow proper driving methods.
Most airbags are designed for a driver that is 5'8" in height and 180 lbs in weight. When a driver deviates from that height or weight, there is a risk of injury. A shorter or lighter driver can be injured by an airbag that deploys with too great of force while a taller or heavier driver can be injured by hitting the steering wheel because the airbag did not deploy with sufficient force to stop them. It is important to note that such injuries can occur even when the airbag is functioning exactly the way it is supposed to. When this happens, the reason the injuries occur is because of how the airbag is designed.
Airbags are designed to deploy during a collision to prevent the driver and sometimes the passenger from forcefully hitting the steering wheel and to prevent the occurrence of whiplash. Unfortunately, very often, airbags do not work as they should.
If an airbag is defective, serious injury can occur. A defective airbag may fail to deploy in a car accident or it may deploy when there has been no accident. If an airbag suddenly deploys, it may actually cause a car accident by distracting the driver or obstructing the driver's view of the road.
When an airbag has been improperly designed or when an airbag is defective, the manufacturer of the car and the manufacturer of the airbag may be held responsible for the injuries the airbag causes. The type of lawsuit that is filed is called a products liability action. In recent years, products liability actions have become very difficult to win because of changes in Michigan law. Therefore, it is very important to hire a good lawyer for your case.
Many cars and trucks come equipped with airbags as a standard safety feature, however manufacturers do make mistakes. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured from an airbag you should call an experienced car accident lawyer at (800) 606-1717 to learn your rights. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case.