Airbags are so important in crashes; in many instances, they are even the difference between life and death. This is because they serve to protect you in the event of a crash. But what happens when your airbag doesn’t deploy when it should have? If you are injured you may have a product liability claim. Here’s what to know.
When you have been involved in a collision, it’s imperative that you call the police. The police will put together a report, which can help you greatly should you bring a product liability claim. It is extremely important that the police include as much detail in the report as possible. One detail that should be included in the report is that your airbags did not deploy.
Document on Your Own
Additionally, while the police create their own report, be sure to document as many details as possible. This includes pictures and video of the scene, the vehicle(s) and any injuries. This includes images and video of the inside of your vehicle. If your airbag did not deploy be sure to capture it in your photos. As always, it’s also helpful to gather the contact information of any witnesses.
Causes of Airbag Deployment Failure
If your airbag failed to deploy there may be a variety of reasons, though most are related to manufacturing issues. Such reasons include:
- Defective electrical parts
- Defective crash sensors
- Issues with the wiring
- Defects with airbag control
It’s important that you replace any airbag that has been deployed in a collision. If you fail to replace them, they likely won’t deploy in any future crashes. If you are injured in an accident due in part because you failed to replace your previously deployed airbags, you may not receive compensation.
How Can You Prove Liability?
When your airbag fails to deploy it can be quite difficult to prove your case for product liability. This is why it generally requires the help of an experienced attorney. In order to prove your case, you must prove the following:
- Your airbags should have deployed in your accident but failed to do so;
- Your airbags were defective;
- As a result of the failure to deploy you suffered injuries; and
- Your injuries resulted in damages.
When you are able to prove these four elements, you may be able to bring suit against the airbag or vehicle manufacturer for damages under a product liability claim. Compensation can help to cover the expenses associated with your injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages, etc.
The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Dallas Who Have Suffered Due to a Defective Product
When you have been injured due to a defective product, it can impact just about every part of your life. You should not be held responsible for someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation. Be sure to speak with a qualified Texas product liability attorney as soon as possible.
The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of defective products to get their lives and their livelihood back on track. We will fight for your rights. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.