Nobody expects to get into a car accident on Michigan roads, but it happens. Certain factors are more likely to lead to a collision, but it can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, even though your airbag is meant to protect you, it can hurt you. These are the most common airbag injuries.
Car accidents often result in facial injuries when airbags deploy into the faces of drivers or passengers. The purpose of airbags is to prevent contact with the windshield upon impact of an accident. However, when your face hits the airbag, it can lead to eye injuries, facial cuts and lacerations and even broken facial bones.
Neck and back injuries
You can suffer neck or back injuries when the airbag deploys in a crash. This happens when your body violently jolts forward and your spine shifts harshly. Soft tissue injuries like whiplash, slipped discs or even spinal fractures can occur.
Airbags are meant to hold your body in place during a crash. However, they deploy quickly and very hard, which can cause chest injuries. Those injuries could include broken ribs or even a clavicle fracture, which is very painful. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be considered a medical emergency.
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries can occur when a person’s head violently hits the airbag in an accident. This can range from a milder form such as a concussion to a moderate to severe injury that can render the person unconscious.
Another common injury caused by airbags is burns. Your face or arms are more likely to experience this injury; when the airbag quickly deploys, the fabric can rub against your skin, causing injuries similar to rug burn or road rash.
Seeking medical attention after a car accident is wise even if you think you’re fine. It’s better to err on the side of caution.