The seats of motor vehicles are designed to stay rigid during a crash, but frequently the seat back fails to stay locked in place. This can cause serious injuries to both the person riding in the seat and the passengers riding in the back seat. Every year in Florida, many people are injured or even killed because of seat back failures. A skilled personal injury and product liability “seat back failure” attorney understands the factors involved in seat back failures and can help people injured by a seat back failure to obtain the financial compensation they deserve.
A vehicle seat back that does not stay in place during a collision can contribute to serious and fatal injuries. In a rear end collision, the passengers are thrown forward; the seat back should stay in place, so that the seat belt and air bags can protect the seat’s occupant. When the seat back fails and falls forward, it helps propel the occupant into the dashboard or windshield; in some cases the occupant is ejected from the car. A collapsed seat back can make it difficult to get the passengers out of the car.
In addition, the seat back’s failure can cause the passengers in the back seat to propel violently forward, with nothing to stop their forward motion. In the case of a front end collision, the seat back may propel backward into the passengers in back seats, injuring them and its occupant. In this case too, the occupant in the faulty seat may be ejected from the car.
Sometimes head rests fail during collisions. This can cause neck and spinal cord injuries.
Engineering and design flaws are frequently the cause of seat back failure. In some cases, seat back failure is caused by aging auto parts that have not been properly maintained. Seat back failures can lead to many types of injuries. When seat back failure can be proved to the fault of the manufacturer, accident victims may get financial compensation for their injuries.
Seat back failures most frequently contribute to head trauma and spinal cord injuries. Head trauma can cause brain injury; in some cases brain damage may be fatal. People who recover from brain damage may show only minor effects, if any, from the injury or they may be functionally impaired to the extent that they need a care giver and can no longer work. Cognitive (thinking) and motor problems are the most common results of brain damage.
Spinal cord injuries may lead to the patient having virtually no ability to move voluntarily and can even impair breathing. The extent of the disability depends on the location and extent of the injury. Some patients with spinal cord injuries can move their upper body, but not their legs. More fortunate patients may retain some leg movement as well as upper body movement.
Regardless of the extent of the disability, an injury caused by a failed seat back is emotionally and financially stressful. In many cases, the patient’s inability to work means that the family’s entire income is cut off. Insurance policies can quickly run out. If you find yourself in a situation like this, remember that you are entitled to financial compensation for injuries caused by product failures.
Newsome’s experienced personal injury and product liability attorneys are “seat back failure” attorneys. They are experienced in dealing with personal injury cases stemming from all kinds of motor vehicle accidents, including accidents involving seatback failures. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a seatback failure, contact Newsome today. Simply fill out the handy case evaluation form on the right of the screen and one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will advise you of your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.