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Airbag Accidents in Florida

airbag-1174238If you’ve been involved in a serious car wreck in Florida, you understand how terrifying it can be when the airbags deploy. While airbags are designed to protect individuals in the event of an accident, they often injure and in some cases even kill drivers and passengers. If you’ve been injured due to an airbag, or you’ve lost a loved one due to an airbag, we can help. We will work diligently to figure out what happened that caused the injury or death. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami personal injury attorneys believe in holding negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause.

Airbag injuries can range from eye injuries to burns, broken bones, ear injuries, and more. The sheer impact of the airbag coming out of the dashboard at such high speeds can cause serious harm to an individual. There are a number of reasons airbags can cause injury rather than help protect an individual. Airbag defects and failures include failure to deploy during an accident, deploying late and causing additional damage, and accidental deployment, which can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.

If you were injured as a result of an airbag, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the airbag manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer, or the car dealership that sold the car. Airbag accident cases are often pursued under the legal theory of product liability, under which a product manufacturer or anyone in the chain of commerce may be liable for placing a hazardous or faulty product into the market that causes injuries or accidental death.

It is important to note that just sustaining an airbag injury doesn’t automatically mean you have a product liability claim. Instead, you will have a claim if the airbag was faulty, defective, or did not work in the way it was supposed to. For example, if the airbag deploys and a metal piece flies out and strikes the driver, that driver will be able to sue. This is because metal pieces are not supposed to fly out of airbags in an accident. When this happens, it can cause or worsen an individual’s injuries. As a result, the driver may be able to recover damages for injuries caused by the piece of metal that struck him or her from the airbag manufacturer, vehicle manufacturer, or even the car dealership that sold the vehicle.

Product liability claims are time-sensitive and must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. Failing to file within this time limit could mean losing your legal right to pursue the claim altogether.

If you have been injured by an airbag in Florida, you need a competent attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your harm. We understand that airbag injuries can be an extremely traumatic experience, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami product liability attorneys have years of experience helping South Florida clients resolve their injury claims, and we can help you as well. To find out about your options, contact us online or call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878).

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