An airbag is one of the most important safety features in motor vehicles. It can do as much as save your life in the event of a crash. However, quite the opposite may occur if an airbag is defective. Defective airbags account for a significant amount of injuries, and even deaths, every single year. More specifically, drivers may suffer from serious head injuries without the protection of a proper airbag. Read on to discover what you should do if your airbag is defective and how a seasoned Tampa product liability lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A., can guide you through this difficult time.
What causes an airbag to be defective?
An airbag is considered defective if its sensors that detect collision are faulty or malfunction. With this, they may not deploy in the event of an accident, deploy at the wrong time, or deploy without a collision. With that being said, if an airbag is defective, a manufacturer and/or federal agency is responsible for detecting this and then issuing a recall to consumers. And if they do not warn consumers in a timely manner, then they may be at fault for any injury that is caused by them.
What should I do if I have a defective airbag?
Before all else, as soon as you hear about a recall for your airbag, you should get it fixed immediately. However, if a negligent manufacturer and/or federal agency did not give you notice, you were involved in a collision, and your defective airbag perpetuated your injuries, then you may be entitled to a product liability claim. And to better your chances of receiving financial compensation for your claim, you should take the following approach:
- Contact the police: a law enforcement officer will conduct an accident report and call for an ambulance.
- Seek medical attention: go to the ambulance once it arrives on the scene, along with scheduling follow-up appointments with your physician.
- Collect physical evidence: take photos and videos of your defective airbag, along with your injuries and damages that resulted.
- Collect contact information: ask the other parties involved for their contact information, along with that of any present witnesses.
- Collect medical evidence: gather the medical documents that state the origin and severity of your injuries and the medical bills for your required treatments.
- Contact a competent Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer: ask that we help you in obtaining any other relevant evidence for your claim.
- File before the statute of limitations: Florida’s deadline for product liability claims is typically four years from the date of your accident.
You deserve justice and relief after you were wrongfully injured by a defective airbag. So, as soon as you get the chance, pick up the phone and give our firm a call.