NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer
You might be entitled to compensation if you’ve sustained airbag injuries in a collision in New York City. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will help you fight to not only recover compensation, but maximize your financial award. Contact our experienced NYC airbag injury lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options today.
We offer a free initial case evaluation. This way, you have the time and opportunity to discuss your car accident with an experienced attorney. When you sit down with our team, you can benefit from some preliminary legal advice and get answers to your questions. Our law firm is always available to take your call, so reach out to us to get started today.
Why Do I Need an Airbag Injury Lawyer After an Accident?
It’s simple – while you may be entitled to compensation, getting cash in your hands can be difficult. Whoever is responsible for the accident that caused your airbag injuries won’t rush to write you a check. Their insurance provider won’t make things any easier for you. So, you’ll have to stand up for yourself and demand to be compensated for your injury and suffering.
Hiring an experienced NYC personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference in how your case unfolds. By enlisting the help of Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., you can benefit from more than 200 years of combined experience. Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of our attorneys, our firm has been able to secure more than $1 Billion in jury verdicts and private settlements for our clients.
We’re able to get results for our clients because we put in the time, effort, and resources that are needed to win. So, when we handle your airbag injury case, you can expect us to:
- Determine who is responsible for the crash where you sustained your airbag injury
- Identify if the airbag was working properly and deployed as intended
- Work with accident and injury experts throughout the process, especially as we work to assess what your case is worth, and
- Protect you from insurance companies and their manipulative tactics.
Our goal will be to negotiate a favorable and substantial settlement on your behalf. Insurance companies will know that anything less than a fair offer will mean that they’ll have to go up against our skilled NYC trial lawyers in court. That, alone, can be a huge asset for you and help you recover maximum compensation.
Give our NYC law firm a call today to arrange a free consultation to learn more.
Understanding How Airbags Work
Airbags are an incredibly important safety feature in motor vehicles. Today’s cars typically have front airbags and side airbag systems. Some even have airbags in the seats themselves. When airbags are used in conjunction with seatbelts, they can save lives and significantly reduce the rate at which crash victims are seriously injured.
Airbags work by cushioning a passenger during an accident. How? Airbags are attached to sensors. Those sensors have accelerometers, which are designed to identify changes in force and momentum.
When the sensor identifies force that’s roughly equivalent to hitting a brick wall at 10 MPH, it sets off a chain reaction, beginning with an explosion. That’s right – an explosion. A propellant is ignited to create a lot of nitrogen gas. That gas fills the nylon airbag, which expands rapidly into the vehicle. Airbags can deploy at speeds up to 200 MPH.
This entire process – from the moment of impact to inflation – takes one twenty-fifth of a second.
Why and How Can Airbags Cause Injuries?
There’s no doubt that airbags are important. Given the fact that airbags can expand into a vehicle at 200 MPH, they create a significant amount of force. That force can, and sometimes does, cause perfectly healthy adults to sustain moderate injuries.
However, airbags tend to do the most damage when they are defective, not used as directed, or used to protect vulnerable passengers.
Airbags are complex, sophisticated, intricate pieces of safety equipment. If they’re not designed, manufactured, installed, and maintained properly, they might not work properly. They might fail to deploy or, like Takata systems, explode without warning or cause.
When an airbag is defective and causes a passenger to get hurt, the auto manufacturer or car company could be strictly liable for the consequences. So, if you’ve sustained an airbag injury, it’s important to determine if the airbag was functioning properly. If your car had a defective air bag, you might have a legitimate product liability lawsuit on your hands.
Children in the Front Seat
It’s recommended that all children under the age of 13 sit in the back seat of a car. Why? One major reason is that airbags are not designed to protect children. Rather, airbags are designed to deploy in a way that will cushion a healthy adult.
Kids are just too small and susceptible to injury. In fact, airbags can potentially pose a suffocation hazard to children. To keep kids safe, make sure they ride in the back seat in an age-appropriate child restraint system or booster seat.
Adults Suffering From Underlying Health Conditions
Airbags inflate in about 20 or 30 milliseconds. That means that the airbag expands with a lot of force. While a healthy adult can typically absorb that force and pressure, an adult who has underlying health conditions might not be able to do that.
This is particularly true in elderly passengers. As we age, our bone density and strength declines, as do our muscle strength and tone. However, in these situations, an airbag injury is likely much less severe than any injuries that would have been sustained in the absence of the safety device.
Failure to Deploy
Sometimes airbags don’t deploy. This may or may not happen because of a defect. Sometimes airbags don’t deploy in serious crashes, simply because the force of impact isn’t great enough to trigger the sensor.
When an airbag fails to deploy, passengers are not cushioned. Their forward momentum is not halted. So, the passenger can make contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, projectiles, and other objects.
Common Airbag Injuries
Airbag injuries can range from mild lacerations and bruises to much more catastrophic trauma. Some airbag injuries can even be fatal. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we know that any injury, regardless of how serious it is, can impose significant short term and long term consequences.
That’s why we fight passionately to help airbag injury victims recover compensation from liable parties. We handle airbag injury cases involving:
- Spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Brain injury
- Neck injury
- Face injury
- Eye injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Chest injury, and more.
Airbag injuries can be more severe if you’re not buckled up. So, always make sure that you’re wearing a seat belt.
Don’t hesitate to contact our law office in New York City to arrange a free consultation. We represent clients across all five boroughs, on Long Island, and in Westchester County.
Who’s Responsible For My Airbag Injury After a Crash in NYC?
Under New York law, any party that contributes to an auto accident or injury can be legally and financially responsible for the consequences. So, following your motor vehicle accident, liable parties might include:
- The driver of your car
- Other drivers on the road
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Employers of negligent parties
- Uber and Lyft drivers
- Government agencies
- Transit companies, and more.
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will conduct an exhaustive investigation into your crash to determine why it happened and, in turn, who’s to blame. Then we can seek compensation from all liable parties on your behalf.
Damages Available to Airbag Injury Victims
Airbag-related injuries can be physically, emotionally, and financially costly. This can sometimes have a huge impact on your future. Our airbag injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. are prepared to help you recover whatever compensation is available under the law, so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. We’ll pursue damages for:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Medical equipment and devices
- Lost income and wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement, and/or
- Wrongful death.
Our team will not hesitate to enlist the help of qualified experts as we navigate the valuation process. We’ll consult with doctors, therapists, and vocational rehabilitation professionals to make sure that we can back our demands for compensation with solid facts and support. This approach helps us to make sure that we are in the best possible position to leverage full compensation on your behalf.
Schedule a Call With Our NYC Airbag Injury Lawyers
Whether you’re rear-ended in Manhattan or involved in a side-impact collision at an intersection in Queens, airbags can deploy and cause injuries. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you could be entitled to compensation. The experienced NYC car accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will help you fight to maximize your recovery.
Contact our New York City law office to arrange a time to discuss your case. You’ll have a limited opportunity to pursue compensation, so give us a call to schedule your free consultation today.