Tahlequah, OK asked in Car Accidents for Oklahoma

Q: My mom flipped her truck which has 2 air bags and neither of them deployed. They used the jaws of life.

Is there anything we can do about it?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: I hope she is well. If she is catastrophically injured, it may be possible depending on the dynamics, but there are several problems --1) you say she flipped it--that presumes she is at fault; 2) airbags are designed for front impact, possibly side impact--roll over protection bags handle differently. To avoid going off and then being useless if something bad happens--she got hit by other traffic, let's say (G-d forbid)---the airbags are set to go off only under a certain narrow set of inputs. A front impact airbag will only go off if the impact is plus or minus 10 degrees off of dead center (90 degrees). Likewise a side impact airbag deals more with intrusion than the loading on the side of a vehicle in a roll over.

If her injuries are very severe, contact a member of the Oklahoma Assn for Justice who handles crashworthiness cases--they give free consults.

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