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Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by Our New York Car Accident Lawyer

Hopefully, you will never need a car accident lawyer; at the very least, not anytime soon. In a collision, drivers rely on their airbag deploying as needed. Unfortunately, our experience as a personal injury law firm has shown that airbags do not always deploy when necessary. This can result in significant injuries that otherwise might have been avoided.

Whether an airbag is activated or not depends on many factors, including speed and the direction of impact by another vehicle or object. Sensors in the car trigger an airbag to release. Below, we have answered questions about when or why airbags work, as well as other important information. If you have recently been in an auto accident, visit the nearest hospital to receive an evaluation and treatment for injuries. Contact our New York car accident lawyer for answers to questions you may have about seeking compensation from the party who caused your accident.

  • Why Would an Airbag Not Deploy?

    Airbags are not designed to deploy in all car accident scenarios.

    The following are examples of when an airbag may not activate:

    • The crash is moderate enough to where the airbag would not be necessary in order to protect the driver (assuming he or she is wearing a seatbelt). A seatbelt may be sufficient to protect the driver or passengers from suffering chest, head, or neck injuries.
    • Advanced frontal airbags turn off automatically on the passenger side when sensors detect that a small person or child is in the front seat. The sensors base this on the weight of the person in the seat. Vehicles with advanced side airbags may also operate in a similar fashion. The airbag should not deploy when the passenger is small or very lightweight as it can hurt them. If an airbag injured someone in your vehicle, contact an experienced car accident lawyer in New York.
    • In some used vehicles, an airbag may not activate if it was deployed in a previous car accident and not replaced.
  • Where Are All the Airbags Located in a Car?

    This depends on the kind of car, but airbags are usually installed in the front and side areas. Side airbags tend to inflate more quickly due to less space between the driver, passengers, and the site of impact. Frontal airbags are mainly installed into the steering wheel and dashboard.

  • If an Airbag Deploys, Does That Mean the Car Is Totaled?

    It is commonly believed that if an airbag releases due to an accident, a car is considered totaled. Airbags deploying does not necessarily mean a car is automatically totaled. If the cost of fixing the car and replacing the airbag is more than the total loss threshold, then it is considered a total loss. Installing new airbags can be expensive, so vehicles that are low in value can more easily be declared a total loss if the airbags deployed.

  • Can I Replace My Own Airbag?

    An improperly installed airbag can deploy accidentally and cause injury to the driver or passengers. It may be best to have a certified technician replace your airbag to reduce the possibility of injury. If a technician installed or replaced your airbag which deployed improperly and caused an injury, contact Laurence C. Tarowsky, Attorney at Law. It’s possible that the technician may be liable for your injury.

  • Do Airbags Cause Any Injuries When Deployed?

    The driver or passenger where an airbag deploys may experience abrasions, burns, bruises, blunt trauma, internal organ damage, sprained extremities, or a loss of consciousness. In some cases, it can cause a fatality. If you or a family member was injured by an airbag, contact us to see if the injury is eligible for compensation.

  • Why Choose Laurence C. Tarowsky, Attorney at Law?

    There are many car accident lawyers in New York, but how do you know you’ve found the right one for your case?

    The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky offers:

    • Experience. Laurence C. Tarowsky, Esq. has over 30 years of experience practicing personal injury law. As a long-time resident of New York State, he understands the complexities of the New York legal system.
    • Referrals. If your legal matters extend beyond the scope of personal injury litigation, you’ll want to know that your car accident lawyer is capable of handling your case. At our firm, we regularly speak with crash scene investigators, photographers, and other industry-specific specialists to understand the details of each case. When necessary, we can also provide referrals to clients who need lawyers for criminal defense, immigration law, real estate law, and bankruptcy.
    • Financial flexibility. Many accident victims hesitate to contact an attorney because they don’t have enough money to pay legal fees up-front. At our firm, we offer free initial case evaluations and we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients only pay an agreed-upon percentage of their settlement. If a client doesn’t win their claim, our firm doesn’t get a penny.
    • Personal attention. Each claim is unique, and each accident victim deserves to have the undivided attention of their lawyer. At the Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky, we offer 24/7 availability to our clients. If a client cannot come to our office, we’re happy to schedule home and hospital consultations.
    • Proven results. Our firm has a positive track record of proven results — period. We have won millions of dollars for our clients in previous accident claims. Many of our clients win hundreds of thousands of dollars for their injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm for more details about our past successes.

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Millions of Dollars Recovered*

  • $2,700,000.00 Lead Paint Poisoning
    A child in a Bronx apartment building suffered lead paint poisoning from his exposure to the paint on the apartment walls, ceilings and floors which had an unsafe lead content. The child suffered cognitive and motor skill delays. This settlement will provide a lifetime payout for the benefit of the child.
  • $1,975,000.00 Car Accident
    The plaintiff’s vehicle was stopped and struck from behind by a bus in Bronx. After receiving minor treatment for his back injuries, he underwent back surgery and was unable to return to work. The insurance company for the bus claimed that his injuries were not related to this accident, but rather an accident he had a few years prior. The medical evidence presented by the attorney demonstrated that they were, in fact, caused by this accident.
  • $1,200,000.00 Negligence
    Woman sustained burn injuries to her hands and face, and her two children were killed, in a house fire in Queens. The fire was started by the negligent use of a torch by a plumber who had been doing work at the home. In addition, the homeowner did not provide working smoke detectors at the time of the fire.
  • $990,000.00 Construction Accident
    Construction worker fell from a ladder at a construction site in Manhattan, causing a back injury.
  • $775,000.00 Car Accident
    Rear-end collision in Brooklyn, causing knee and back injuries. The responsible vehicle only had $25,000 in insurance coverage. After obtaining a settlement from the insurance company, we proceeded to recover an additional $750,000 in an Arbitration award for Underinsurance benefits from the injured person’s own insurance company.
  • $750,000.00 Ladder Accident
    Queens resident, a painter, fell from a ladder while painting the exterior of a restaurant. He sustained a serious injury to his lower spine.
  • $600,000.00 Scaffold Accident
    Apprentice carpenter fell from a scaffold at a construction site in Manhattan and sustained bulging discs in his lower spine.
  • $450,000.00 Pedestrian Knockdown
    Young woman sustained head and facial injuries after being struck by a motorcycle in Manhattan. The Police Report indicated that she was running to cross the street, and was not in the crosswalk at the intersection. This was disputed by other witness statements obtained by the attorney.
  • $450,000.00 Automobile Accident with FDNY
    The plaintiff was struck by a New York City Fire Department vehicle, which claimed to be responding to an emergency in Queens with its lights and sirens on. The plaintiff suffered a back injury, and denied the FDNY vehicle had its lights and sirens on.
  • $445,000.00 Car Accident
    The plaintiff was struck from behind by a vehicle in Westchester County, causing a serious back injury.

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