Phoenix Defective Airbag Lawyer
Airbags are groundbreaking safety technologies in the automotive industry. Airbags saved almost 50,500 lives from 1987 to 2017, according to crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Frontal and side airbags can prevent fatal injuries in serious car accidents…if they function and deploy correctly.
Defective airbags can cause harm in two critical ways: failing to prevent injuries and causing additional injuries. If you believe a defective airbag caused your recent injuries or contributed to the death of a loved one, contact the Phoenix auto product liability lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy. Our Phoenix defective airbag attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury law. We may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
How Can Our Injury Attorneys Help?
- We can investigate the airbag model for a history of similar accidents and injuries.
- We can advocate for your rights and best interests during a product liability lawsuit.
- We can skillfully navigate insurance settlement negotiations or a defective product trial.
- We can fight for fair compensation for all your accident-related damages.
- We take on all the risk of your claim, offering services for free if we do not win.
Why Hire a Defective Airbag Lawyer?
It is critical to protect your rights as an injured driver or passenger when going up against airbag manufacturing companies. The best way to safeguard your rights as a victim is by hiring a Phoenix car accident attorney to represent you during negotiations or litigation. An attorney will know exactly how to frame and present your case before an insurance company, judge or jury to maximize your odds of a successful resolution. A lawyer can take over complex legal processes while you are in the hospital or otherwise recovering from your injuries.
Recent Defective Airbag Injury Lawsuits
Over the last several years, many airbag manufacturing companies have faced scrutiny for designing and producing defective airbags. Airbag lawsuits have involved dozens of different creators, designers, and automakers, including Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda and Acura. One of the most prominent ongoing lawsuits, however, involves the airbag manufacturer Takata.
Serious issues with 56 million Takata airbags have led to about 41.6 million vehicles that could contain deadly airbag defects. Long-term exposure to heat could disrupt the delicate elements within defective Takata airbags, resulting in airbag explosions upon deployment. Takata airbag explosions have caused serious injuries such as lacerations, shrapnel injuries, eye damage, and brain injuries. Several victims have lost their lives due to defective Takata airbags.
The Takata airbag disaster is an example of how an airbag could cause injuries through a major malfunction such as exploding or deploying while driving. Other airbag defects, however, may contribute to injuries by simply failing to deploy correctly. An airbag with delayed deployment or no deployment during a crash could fail to prevent serious injuries. Faulty airbags may not deploy in critical, life-saving moments. The manufacturing company could be liable for damages in these cases.
Collecting Compensation for Your Injuries
Vehicle part manufacturers have a legal duty to ensure the reasonable safety of their products. Releasing airbags with design flaws, manufacturing errors or marketing mistakes could contribute to crash fatalities. As the victim of a car accident in Arizona, filing a product liability claim within the state’s two-year deadline could provide compensation for your losses.
- Hospital bills and health care expenses
- Lost wages and lost opportunities to earn
- Permanent disability costs
- Lost quality of life
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Property damage repairs
- Loss of consortium
A judge in Arizona could also order the at-fault party to pay punitive damages as a form of punishment for wrongful acts or gross negligence. Punitive damages can help motivate changes in the automotive industry, such as better airbag inspections or more thorough safety checks before releasing new airbag designs.
Schedule a Free Consultation
The Phoenix defective airbag lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy have ample experience handling product liability lawsuits. We have a deep understanding of Arizona’s defective and dangerous product laws, which can help us build a strong case against a manufacturer on your behalf. Learn about your rights and opportunities for filing a lawsuit against an airbag company or automaker during a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers. Call (602) 530-8400 today to speak to a Phoenix accident attorney.