While many a victim report an experience of smelling gunpowder, which they believe is the sign that the vehicle is about to explode, what they are really sensing is the aftermath of the explosion that caused to airbag to deploy. The smoke that the Fort Lauderdale car crash victim experiences is caused by the release of dust-like particles and gases which consists of cornstarch, French chalk or talcum powder, which are used to lubricate the air bag during deployment. Newer airbags use talcum powder, cornstarch and nitrogen gas. Under certain circumstances, if the occupant of a Fort Lauderdale car accident remains in the vehicle too long they can experience irritation of the throat and eyes; but they would have to remain in the vehicle for minutes for that to occur.
The modern day airbag which is deployed during a Florida automobile accident generally deploys at a speed of approximately 180 miles per hour and is still capable of deflating all within 0.4 seconds. As a result of that extraordinarily rapid deployment many victims of Fort Lauderdale car accidents who receive the benefit of an airbag may nevertheless suffer burns to their arms, upper body or face, as well as fractures to their upper extremities, chest area, ribs and face. Nevertheless, the United States government, as well as Florida considers the likely avoidance of fatal injuries from the deployment of airbags, to far outweigh the potential risks of burns and fractures.
This Fort Lauderdale personal injury firm is currently litigating a case for a mother and her 2 young sons who were involved in a potentially fatal intersection accident in 2008 in Miramar, Broward County, Florida, but for the deployment of the Lexus’ airbags. And while our clients survived from the initial impact which was caused by the wrongdoer, the mother who was driving the vehicle suffered burns to her upper body as well as significant spinal column injuries, and one of her young sons sitting in the front seat sustained a fractured thumb which was grossly dislocated.
It is this Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm’s intention to cause the most positive outcome for the unfortunate victims of this accident. To learn more about these topics and the benefits that this Fort Lauderdale accident injury law firm can provide please call us at 877-529-0444 or click here to enter our website at the Schulman Law Group.