Airbag Injuries in Los Angeles Area Can Be Catastrophic
Airbags are supposed to keep us safe but studies show that airbags can cause everything from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and deafness to brain damage and bone fractures. Airbags deploy at nearly 200 mph, slamming drivers and passengers back against their seats during auto accidents. In addition, airbag deployment causes an earsplitting bang that, at over 170 decibels, can sound like a shotgun, often leaving driver and passenger ears traumatized with otologic (ear) damage. Whether your airbag deployed in a rear-ender, a head-on crash or a rollover, many airbag injuries can occur, including:
- permanent hearing loss
- incessant ringing, roaring or buzzing, known as tinnitus
- head trauma
- spinal cord injuries
- rib fracture
- broken nose
- broken fingers, hands or arms
- facial lacerations
- skin damage
- eye injury
- airbag death
For Devastating Airbag Injuries, Contact an Aggressive Airbag Injury Lawyer
With over 6 million car crashes in this country every year, airbags prevent many car accident injuries and traffic collision deaths. Despite the benefits of airbags, many drivers and passengers may suffer injuries if an airbag inflated during an accident. According to a study conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University and the Michigan Ear Institute, the most common symptoms of airbag inflation injuries were tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss, both of which were present in 85% of study subjects.
In addition, research by Oregon Health & Science University found that height can be a factor in airbag injuries. Drivers over 6 foot 3 inches had a 5% greater risk of severe airbag inflation injuries, while drivers under 4 foot 11 inches, had a 4% increased chance of being hurt by an airbag. For children riding in the front seat, airbag injury can be particularly catastrophic, causing traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, even an airbag fatality.
Airbag Head Injuries, Ear Damage or Broken Bones? Don't Suffer-Call Us!
If you or a loved one suffered airbag injuries, or if you lost a loved one in an airbag fatality, call the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton in Orange County at (949) 757-0707 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. We can help fight for your justice and handle airbag injury cases in the entire Orange County area, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach and Tustin, as well as the Los Angeles and Riverside area.