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Truck Accident Multimillion-Dollar Settlement.

"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Airbag Injury Indiana

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as of January 1, 2009, more than 28,000 lives had been saved by the front airbags in cars or trucks. Front airbags have been required equipment in new passenger vehicles since the 1999 model year. Side airbags have also been found to dramatically reduce the risk of death for drivers and passengers. While side airbags are not specifically mandated, the vast majority of new passenger vehicles have them in order to meet the required level of head and torso protection in side-impact crashes.

Although they are intended to save lives and prevent serious injuries, airbags also present the risk of injuring a vehicle’s occupants. If you or your loved one was injured or killed by an exploding or otherwise defective airbag in a car, SUV or truck, the Indianapolis airbag injury lawyers of McNeely Stephenson can help you obtain compensation for your loss. We have been successfully litigating injury cases in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana since 1982. Call us at 855-206-2555 to schedule a free consultation about your accident.

HOW AIRBAGS WORK

Airbags are stretchable materials tightly compressed into small areas of the vehicle. Crash sensors monitor things like sudden stopping, impact and seat occupant status. These sensors relay data to the airbag control unit. Once the control unit determines there has been an accident, it sends a signal to the airbag inflator system which sets off a chemical charge producing an explosion of nitrogen gas to fill up the airbag. All of this takes place almost instantaneously, in milliseconds, and with the force of nearly 200 miles per hour. When any aspect of this safety system malfunctions, lives can be lost or forever changed.

CAUSES OF AIRBAG FAILURES AND INJURIES

The crash sensors are the key to airbag success. If they malfunction, the airbags may not deploy when they should. On the other hand, faulty sensors can cause airbags to deploy when there hasn’t been a crash. Airbags have been known to deploy when a vehicle hits a bad pothole at high speed or when crossing railroad tracks.

Most recently, millions of vehicles worldwide have been recalled because of defective airbags which inflate suddenly and inexplicably or with such force that metal shrapnel is sent into the occupant’s face and torso. Several deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to Takata airbags since 2001.

Airbags can also cause injuries because of the size or position of the person in the vehicle. Children under 12 are especially at risk of air bag injuries, as are drivers of short stature because they generally sit closer to the steering wheel.

COMMON INJURIES CAUSED BY AIRBAGS

Some of the common injuries associated with airbags are:

  • Abrasion to the face, chest or upper extremities
  • Bruising to the face, chest, upper extremities, knees or internal organs
  • Fracture of face, skull, ribs, spine
  • Burns on the chest, upper extremities or hands
  • Concussion or traumatic brain injury
  • Lacerations of arteries or organs
  • Rupture inside the heart muscle
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss or ear trauma
  • Internal bleeding
  • Irritation of the skin, also called airbag dermatitis
  • Amputations
  • Scarring and disfigurement.

Obviously, many of these injuries are likely to be fatal or to cause permanent impairment. The vehicle accident lawyers of McNeely Stephenson may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries or loss due to a defective or malfunctioning airbag.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

CALL MIKE STEPHENSON TODAY

If you or a loved one has sustained an airbag injury, Mike Stephenson will work hard to obtain compensation from all parties which had a role in your accident – and there could be many. In addition to the at-fault driver, you may be able to collect damages from the manufacturer of the car or the company that made the airbag or its components.

The compensation available in a defective airbag claim may include payment of medical bills, compensation for lost wages and future lost income, compensation for pain and suffering and for emotional distress. If you lost a loved one due to air bag injuries, you could be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim.

At McNeely Stephenson, we believe justice matters. And we will put our time, energy and resources to work for you to achieve justice in your case. A free consultation is just a phone call away – dial 855-206-2555.

Updates
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