Most cars these days have airbags fitted and they have had a huge effect on car safety. When a car is involved in a collision which is relatively serious, a small charge is set off which inflates the airbag. The airbag instantly deflates so there is no worry about anyone being suffocated and although the slight smell of the explosive charge can be disconcerting there is no risk of fire from this source. Although they are a real life saver in many circumstances and in a relatively minor crash can mean that driver and passengers can be totally unharmed whereas without airbags they could have had whiplash or other injuries, there are some circumstances where airbags must be disabled before setting off on a journey. Airbags are not safe for use relating to seats occupied by babies or small children because they are too light to withstand the impact of the expanding bag and may be hurt more by the airbag than the crash. The same goes for anyone who is fairly badly disabled – it is essential that anyone sitting in a seat associated with an airbag must be able to push it away from their mouth in the event of inflation.
An airbag can’t do it all
Even with every safety precaution and gadget that a car can hold, accidents will happen that result in someone being injured. If you have been in a road traffic collision which was not your fault, either as a not-at-fault driver, passenger or pedestrian, you may be able to claim for compensation. Hopefully, your injuries will be minor, but even something as relatively quickly healing as a sprain or sprain can mean you are away from work for a while or may need to pay for help in the house. Whiplash in particular may seem like nothing at the time, but can be quite debilitating.
Accident Advice Helpline will see you through the paperwork
Many people who have been injured in a road traffic collision are put off claiming because they think there will be a lot of paperwork and worry. Once you have contacted AAH, one of their friendly and experienced legal advisors will take over all of the paperwork and phone calls – you won’t have to appear in court or have to do anything yourself. With our no win, no fee* basis of working for you, a call to us is without obligation and you can stop worrying about money if you are unable to work and concentrate on getting better.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown