It’s hard to imagine cars without airbags these days. In fact, ever since airbags became mandatory in vehicles in 1989, they’ve become part and parcel of our driving experience. More importantly, airbags offer a valuable extra layer of protection to drivers as well as passengers. Despite the recent spate of recalls involving airbags, most notably the Takata airbag recall, it’s hard to imagine operating without the security front and side airbags offer us and those we love.
However, it is important to remember that airbags didn’t become mandatory in vehicles until about 30 years ago. So, what if you are driving an antique car or simply an older-model car that didn’t come equipped with airbags? Some people have airbags installed. But what if you didn’t opt for that? It’s not illegal to drive without airbags, if your vehicle was manufactured before 1989. So the question then arises: What happens if you have no airbags and get into a crash?
Airbags help slow down the change in momentum and help reduce the forces in a crash. In the event of a collision, an individual’s head hits the deployed airbag instead of hitting parts of the vehicle. When your head hits the airbag, air gets pushed out and your head is cushioned from the impact.
However, when there is no airbag, you are more likely to suffer more severe blunt force trauma injuries. We often see this in vehicle occupants who are in a car where the airbag failed to deploy. They may suffer serious or even fatal head injuries or other types of trauma that could prove catastrophic or lethal.
What’s important to remember is that whether or not you have airbags in your vehicle should not affect your ability to seek compensation for your losses. You should still be able to file a car accident lawsuit against the at-fault party. Such claims seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization costs, expenses relating to rehabilitative therapy and pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you file a police report, get prompt medical attention, obtain as much evidence from the scene as possible and call an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can help you with a number of things including communicating with insurance companies or defense attorneys, filing the appropriate paperwork in a timely manner and helping you get the funds you need to obtain medical care and treatment.
Most car accident attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay any fees until you actually receive compensation for your losses. Car accidents are traumatic events that could result in serious, potentially lifelong injuries and disabilities. It is important that you understand your legal rights and get a skilled advocate on your side to protect your legal rights and best interests. Airbag or no airbag, if you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages and losses.