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St. Louis Car Wreck Attorney: Steering Wheel Injuries

By Christopher Hoffmann  Dec. 16, 2015 11:16a

Before air bags became a popular safety feature in cars, steering wheel injuries were a common occurrence and had devastating effects. If the driver of a vehicle does not wear a seatbelt and they are involved in an accident, they will likely get thrown against. This can cause head injuries and injuries to major organs including the lungs and heart. In some cases, victims show no signs of trauma or bruising, but may suffer life threatening injuries.

These days, cars generally come with air bags. However, steering wheel injuries still occur. The driver can suffer serious head injuries if the air bag fails to deploy or the driver or passenger gets thrown against the steering wheel. This can happen because of manufacturing defects in the air bags, and in such cases, the victim can seek financial compensation from the party at fault with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Although air bags are meant to offer protection, they themselves can also cause injuries. In some cases, the impact of striking against the air bag is so great that it can cause head injuries or other types of injuries, such as a broken nose. Passengers who are shorter than average are more prone to such injuries. When the air bag deploys quickly and the driver or passenger is short, the air bag can inflate in the person's face and cause serious injuries.

Experts advice that the best way to prevent both steering wheel and air bag injuries is to wear a seatbelt. It keeps the driver or passenger in place in case of an accident and ensures that there is no impact with the steering wheel or air bag. Several studies have suggested that proper use of seatbelt can considerably reduce the risk of brain injuries and other types of injuries in a crash. All it takes is a few seconds to wear the seatbelt, and it can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing serious injuries in event of a car crash.

Another way that you can prevent steering wheel and air bag injuries is by maintaining the vehicle properly. Take your car for regular tune ups as it ensures that the car functions correctly. This can go a long way in preventing car accidents.

If you or a friend or relative of yours has been injured in a car accident that was caused as a result of someone else's negligence, you may have a claim. Even if the injuries seem minor, you should still get a medical checkup done and speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney to understand your legal rights. An attorney can suggest the best possible legal recourse for your case.

Call our 24 hour attorney call center at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

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