Macon Airbag Injury Attorney
May 28, 2019
For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and... continue reading
Many people have a preconceived idea that airbags are like cuddly pillows, napping away in steering wheels and dashboards. In reality, airbags are tightly packed explosive devices, always less than a second away from springing into action.When deployed, a sophisticated chemical reaction produces nitrogen gas that fills these nylon-fabric cushions within 50 milliseconds amid a cloud of white dust. While the goal of an airbag is to spread out deceleration across a person’s body and prevent a vehicle’s occupants from striking the windshield or dashboard in the event of an accident, airbags themselves can cause more damage than the actual collision. If you or a loved one has been hurt by an airbag, it is important to contact a GA airbag injury lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at the Mann Law Firm can help by reviewing your circumstances and discussing all available legal options. Call us at (478) 742-3381 or fill out our online form. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and other Georgia communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case, and we are proud to offer free initial consultations.
How They WorkThe first airbag design was patented in 1953 as a “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles.” The inventor was searching for a way to reduce injuries during emergency braking as well as frontal collisions – and he found it. From the first crude prototypes evolved a system that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates — when combined with a lap and shoulder belt — reduces the risk of death by 51 percent. In fact, airbags are considered to be supplemental restraints and are not meant to be used without a seatbelt.
Automatic airbag systems are highly complex and use numerous crash sensors to constantly monitor a vehicle’s many systems.When a certain threshold is met or exceeded and the airbag control unit determines an accident has occurred, inflation is activated with the force of close to 200 miles per hour. The airbag fills the space between the person and the steering wheel or dashboard, begins to deflate, and cools – all within half the time it takes to blink an eye.
Airbag injuries can be very serious. Many are likely to be fatal or to cause permanent health issues. Examples include: