Takata Airbags Exploding and When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Nov. 1, 2016
If you or someone you know has been injured by an exploding airbag, then you need a personal injury attorney. You may have seen in the news that people have been injured in car accidents as the airbags deployed, exploding at the same time. This has mostly happened in Honda vehicles, however, any vehicle with a Takata airbag is at risk for an explosion. The metal canisters they use to create the airbags have the possibility of exploding upon deployment and sending shrapnel into the vehicle.
The possibility of an explosion has lead to serious and sometimes deadly injuries. Imagine a piece of metal flying toward your face at a high-speed and you will understand what some accident victims have experienced. To protect yourself, you need to find out whether or not your vehicle is under recall. However, if it is too late and you have already been injured, your best option is to just call my office and schedule a consultation.
Around 40 million vehicles are under recall in the United States due to faulty Takata airbags. While Honda is front and center with these cases and accounts for most reported injuries, other brands are also under recall including:
Regardless of the type of vehicle that you drive, you should visit www.safercar.gov and enter your VIN. The site will tell you whether or not you have a recall issued for your vehicle and what steps you can take to correct the issue.
Working with a personal injury attorney will ensure that your rights are protected, but you need to call right away to avoid running into the statute of limitations. If you sustain an injury in an accident and you think that it is due to a bad part or some faulty component during manufacturing, you have the right to sue the manufacturer of that part specifically. However, doing so is not as simple as it sounds.
Evidence needs to be gathered in order to prove their negligence. It is critical that you to work with an experienced attorney who can assist you in that process. Even if you think the case is cut and dry, it will not be. The manufacturer will have their own attorneys working diligently to dispute their negligence. As a result, I take a significant amount of time to ensure that the right evidence is gathered and presented in a way to effectively prove my client’s case.
You have the right to seek compensation for things like:
Emergency medical care
The cost of repairing your vehicle
Medical bills – current and future
Wages lost due to your inability to work
Pain and suffering
Therapy and rehabilitation
To speak with a personal injury attorney, call my office and schedule a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions that you have, go over your options, and prepare a path forward.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.