Air Bag Deployment and Car Accident Injuries

Airbags save lives.  Airbags also cause injuries.  On most occasions, a properly deployed air bag causes minor injuries.  However, under certain circumstances, even when the air bag has properly deployed, the deployment causes significant injury.  These injuries include cervical strains/sprains, jaw misalignment, concussion, corneal abrasions, vision impairment, orbital fracture and burns.  Women tend to be injured more than men.  This is due to the fact that women tend to sit lower in the drivers seat and closer to the steering wheel.  If you have been injured in a car accident where the air bag deployed it is important that the fact that the air bag was deployed is communicated to the treating doctor.