How do airbags work?
Most cars these days are fitted with airbags, which work to stop you from hitting your head on the hard surface of the steering wheel or dashboard, and can also prevent a whiplash injury in Allesley. If your car has an airbag then you are more likely to survive a serious car accident, or even a minor accident which involves an impact.
Your airbag teamed with your seatbelt should be all you need to stop a serious car accident from becoming a fatal one. Here is how to understand exactly how an airbag works, and why it can minimise a whiplash injury.
The airbag triggers on impact
If your car is fitted with an airbag then there are sensors in the front of the car which predict a collision and cause the airbag to deploy straight away. These sensors are incredibly sensitive, so your airbag will not suddenly deploy every time you get too close to the car in front! But they will start to let the airbag inflate within milliseconds of your car hitting another car, so the second your body starts to jerk forwards, the airbag is already there to catch you.
The airbag deflates to minimise whiplash injuries
Once your head has hit the airbag, which already minimises how far the head and neck can move, the airbag starts to deflate, so that your head and body can move slowly back with it. This will stop you from wrenching your head back to breathe, causing a whiplash injury in Allesley, or from knocking your head hard against the headrest behind you. The deflation of the airbag creates a pillow-like surface rather than a hard surface which could injure you worse than the initial accident.
Should I have an airbag?
There have been various research studies done into airbags which prove that they minimise the chances of dying in a car accident by up to 30%. Although at some points there have been rumours of airbags actually killing the driver where the impact would not have, these rumours generally turn out to be a myth, whilst the hard facts prove that they do save lives. Most modern cars will be fitted with airbags on both the driver and passenger sides, and if you are thinking or buying a car which does not have an airbag fitted, you should probably rethink.
Making a claim
If you need to make a compensation claim for a whiplash injury, contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert, professional and friendly advice. We’re a law firm who specialize in personal injury claims and have been in the business for 15 years, so we know what we’re doing.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail with an adviser then just dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 18th April 2014
Author: David Brown