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Airbag Injuries And Wrongful Deaths

Aug 17, 2007
Have you or a love one been injured by an airbag? What can you do? Check an attorney in your state because there are slightly different rules regarding who can sue for wrongful death or injury.

Generally speaking you must be either the personal representative (a person who manages the affairs of another because of incapacity or death), child, spouse, or parent of the person killed. In other words, if your friend is killed you cannot sue for wrongful death

What is a wrongful death lawsuit? A suit for wrongful death may be filed when a person dies as the result of someone else's negligent, reckless or intentional act. You will need to prove that the wrongdoer had a duty to act in a certain manner, failed to act in such a responsible manner (breached the duty), and such failure caused the death of your loved one.

Since 1990 Over 150 People Have Been Killed By Airbags

Many of these deaths occurred when an airbag deployed in a low speed crash striking an occupant who was sitting very close to the airbag - less than 10 inches. Most airbags deploy with a tremendous amount of force (an explosion of gas 200 mph), thus posing a serious threat to small children and those who sit too closely to the airbag.

Airbags Have Saved More Lives

Since their introduction, airbags have deployed in automobile crashes well over 3 million times and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it is estimated almost 5,000 deaths have been prevented by the use of airbags.

Airbags are a controversial topic. It is true that some people - especially children - have sustained serious injury from airbag deployment. However - the fact is - airbags combined with seat belts (lap and shoulder belt) do save lives and help prevent more serious injury in most cases.

The airbag danger problem is serious enough that some retrofit on-off switches can be found and used if federal requirements are met -- switches must be operated by a key and equipped with warning lights to indicate whether the bags are turned off or on.

Big Lawsuits Settlements, Quickly With Expert Witness Testimonials

Sal Fariello author has been helping people get quick settlements in airbag injury cases in the $320,000 to $1,500,000 range, and usually have been settling out-of-court.

The statute of limitations is usually two years from the time you are injured. You need to check with a local malpractice attorney as soon as possible to check the statue of limitations for your state so you don't miss the deadline.
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