Seat Back Failure Lawsuit Injury Lawyer
When a front seat back collapses during an accident, it can cause serious injury and may create a more dangerous crash scenario. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in many vehicles, putting drivers and passengers in danger. Manufacturers claim their seats are designed for safety, but the many injuries caused by seat back failure tell a different story.
Seat back failures most often occur during rear-end accidents. The impact from the rear causes the seats of the driver and front seat passenger to collapse backward. The front occupants can be thrown into the back seat or completely ejected from the vehicle. It also poses a risk to occupants sitting in the back seat, especially children.
Not only does seat back failure result in serious injuries from ejection or a strain on the neck and spine, it also jeopardizes the driver’s ability to control the car. In the midst of an accident, the driver is thrown backward, unable to continue to steer, brake and control the direction of the vehicle. This can pose additional risks, creating a more serious accident situation than if the driver had remained upright.
Poor Seat Design Reduces Safety in Crashes
The problem with most seat back failures is a lack of strength and support in the frame of the seats. How they are installed and the materials used can lead to failure. Some vehicles that have had documented issues with poor seat designs include:
Neck and spine injuries are common in seat back failure accidents, as well as injuries sustained from ejection from the front of the vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to a seat back collapse, you could be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries from the vehicle manufacturer. Contact Conley Griggs Partin LLP to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.