Obviously, if an airbag fails to deploy, there may be an airbag case. However, don’t overlook other airbag claims. Aggressive airbags which deploy at excessive speeds can cause head or neck injuries or other broken bones. Children are especially susceptible to injuries or death caused by an airbag. Children should always be seated upright and as far away from an airbag as possible. Late-deploying airbags can fail to protect an occupant from contact with the interior of the vehicle, thus causing injuries that could have been avoided. Airbags with a low deployment threshold can deploy at inopportune times in low speed impacts. These are often collisions that would have been injury free, if not for the airbag impacting the occupant.
Our firm just settled a claim with Ford Motor Company involving a 1997 Ford Contour. The airbag in the Contour deployed causing our client, Herlene James-Steele, to lose sight in one eye. The accident happened on the Queen Mary Highway in St. Croix on June 19, 2004. The airbag deployed in a very minor collision. The driver of Ms. James-Steele’s car hit the back of an Isuzu Trooper going about 10 miles per hour. Experts for Ms. James-Steele determined that the barrier equivalent velocity was below the 8 mile per hour no-deploy threshold and was defective. The only injuries to the occupants in the crash were from the airbags deploying. The case was settled for a confidential amount after seven trial days and while the jury was deliberating. Since we just settled this case, a more thorough report will be issued next month.
The James-Steele case was handled by Greg Allen and Chris Glover from our firm, along with Richard Golomb, a lawyer from Philadelphia, and Glenda Cameron, a lawyer from the island of St. Croix. The case was tried in front of Judge Timothy Savage, a federal judge from Philadelphia. According to Greg, “the case tried very well and our client is pleased with the result.” We are currently investigating several other cases in St. Croix.
If you would like more information regarding airbag cases, please contact Chris Glover or Michael Andrews at 800-898-2034 or by email at Chris.Glover@beasleyallen.com or Michael.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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