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Examining the Pros and Cons of Airbags

In an automobile collision in Atlanta passengers would continue to move forward at the speed of the car before the crash without seat belts and airbags. When the force of impact in a collision is great enough, airbags inflate to provide a safety cushion. An explosive force is necessary in order to inflate the airbags fast enough to cushion the car’s occupants. It is the force behind the airbags that can cause injuries to the driver and other passengers.

Common injuries that can be sustained from the deployment of airbags:

  • Head and Neck Injuries – These types of injuries include facial trauma, joint injury, and spine fractures. The eyes are particularly vulnerable, especially if glasses are worn. There could be orbital fractures, retinal detachment, and lens rupture.
  • Torso Injuries – Studies have shown that injuries to the chest and abdomen happen most often. Chest injuries include rib fractures, heart valve injury, and even cardiac rupture.
  • Upper Limb Injuries – Shoulders and forearm injuries are the most common due to airbag impact. Injuries include fractures and dislocations.
  • Lower Limb Injuries – There is a very low incidence of injury to the legs as a result of airbag contact. Most lower limb injuries are minor.
  • Injuries in Children – Passenger airbags have been associated with increased risk of death in children. Severe head and neck injuries can result when infants are in a rear-facing child safety seat. Forward facing children can also be severely injured if their faces come into contact with the deployed airbags.

This all sounds a bit scary, but as stated above, airbags do save lives.

If you were involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may have many questions about your legal rights. The Atlanta car accident attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are ready to help you in your time of need. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.