Your vehicle’s airbag is one of its most important safety components. There are a number of sensors wired throughout a car that relates information to the airbag mechanism in regards to the physical condition of the vehicle. In the case of a collision, your airbag will provide an instantaneous cushion to protect you and your passengers from colliding with the solid interior components of the car. This helps to reduce serious head and neck injuries, as well as several other types of orthopedic injuries. They have also saved thousands of lives and continue to do so every minute.
When an airbag deploys, it is a startling and sometimes frightening situation. The airbag deploys so suddenly that it can almost feel like your initial collision. It makes a loud pop and emits a very distinct smell of burnt rubber or fabric. It is common to sustain minor burns from airbags as well. But these are not painful and heal quickly. Once an airbag deploys, a person can feel extremely overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. Continue reading for a simple guide on what to do when your airbag deploys, and be better prepared if it were to ever happen to you.
Turn Off Your Engine
Most often, a vehicle’s engine will turn off upon impact or airbag deployment. But sometimes, it doesn’t. If you are not seriously injured, this is the first step to take.
Assess Your Injuries
If your vehicle’s engine turns off as a response to your airbag, then the first step you want to take is to assess any injuries you or your passengers might have sustained. If you feel like you have broken bones or can’t move, wait for emergency personnel to arrive to help.
Get Medical Care
If you are not seriously injured, but still hurt, your next step is to seek medical treatment. You can allow emergency medical technicians that arrive in ambulances to provide a medical assessment and treatment at the scene of the accident; or, you can go to the emergency room.
Exit the Car and Assist Other Parties
If you are not injured, exit the vehicle when the road is clear to do so. And if there was another vehicle involved in the accident, check to see if they need medical assistance. If no other cars were involved, then simple remain in a safe spot on the side of the road and move onto the next step.
Make Phone Calls
From a safe place, contact the police to file a report (especially if there were others involved). Then contact your insurance provider if necessary. You can also call a tow truck to have your vehicle transported to a location of your choice, or a friend to come and get you.