Like most of your neighbors, you commute to work every day. While you may drive a short or long distance, you usually arrive at your destination without incident. Still, because there are roughly 350 car accidents on Pennsylvania roadways every single day, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of one.

Modern vehicles have a variety of safety features, including anti-lock brakes, seat belts, padding and airbags. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that airbags saved nearly 50,500 lives between 1987 and 2017. While your airbag may keep you from dying in an automobile collision, it may also cause you to sustain serious injuries.

Airbag functionality 

Your vehicle’s airbags deploy immediately when you have a collision at a certain speed. Because car accidents often involve considerable gravitational forces, airbags must deploy both quickly and forcefully. Further, so that they function properly, airbags typically have chemicals or powders to keep them lubricated.

Airbag injuries 

While airbags are an effective safety feature that helps to keep you alive in a car crash, they may cause minor, moderate or severe injuries. As such, after any car accident, you should always seek medical treatment to determine whether you have sustained one.

Here are some common types of airbag injuries during automobile accidents:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, such as a concussion
  • Lacerations to the face, scalp, neck, torso or arms
  • Facial, rib cage and skull fractures
  • Brain bruising or swelling
  • Heart ruptures or collapsed lungs
  • Skin irritation
  • Lung burns
  • Breathing complications, such as asthma
  • Throat irritation
  • Voicebox or tracheal injuries

If you have sustained an airbag-related injury in an automobile accident, your life may never be the same again. Further, surgery and rehabilitation can be both expensive and painful. For that reason, you may need to act quickly and diligently to pursue compensation from the negligent, irresponsible or reckless driver who caused the wreck.