When important safety components on automobiles fail during a car accident, occupants are put at risk for serious and potentially fatal injuries. Seats and seat backs are not something we typically think of as failing in the event of a car accident, but in some cases, where parts, manufacturing or design was defective or faulty, occupants are in danger of seat backs failing, coming lose or even crushing them. In order for seat belts and airbags to safely and effectively work, seats and seat backs need to hold steady. The last thing you need during an accident is for your seat back to collapse, putting you at risk for injury and potentially crushing other occupants in the vehicle. After any type of accident involving a suspected defective or faulty automobile part, it’s essential to contact a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability experience.
Seat backs should never collapse in the event of a crash. A seat back collapse is a major failure of an important structural part of the interior of a passenger occupant vehicle. Seat backs must be designed and manufactured to hold up to the potential for car accidents. Even though the vast majority of car accidents are preventable, they’re a fact of life, so vehicles have to be designed and manufactured to high safety standards. No matter how safe you drive, you can’t help what other drivers are doing. You should, at the very least, have confidence in your vehicle’s safety, in the event of a crash. Seat belts and air bags are critically important, but they only work effectively if seat backs stay in their proper and upright position. Listed below are some injuries associated with seat failure.
Injuries Associated With Seat Failure
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Tendon injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Seat Failures in Rear End Crashes
Unfortunately, seat failures are not uncommon in rear-end crashes. These types of crashes often involve great jolts due to the impact of a vehicle hitting another vehicle from behind. In cars with defective or poorly manufactured seats, this can cause a seat back failure. Even relatively minor rear-end crashes at low speeds can leave passenger occupants with painful soft tissue injuries. Add a seat failure to a rear-end crash, and you could be looking at much more severe injuries. Your seat should never buckle, collapse or fail, just because you were in an accident. Seats should be designed and built to withstand great forces that can occur in accidents.
After any kind of car accident, it’s essential to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. If you suspect a defective auto part was to blame for your crash or injuries, you need a lawyer who has proven product liability case experience. It can take months or years for recalls to get initiated, but a seat back failure needs to be reported immediately. The incident needs to be reported to the vehicle’s manufacturer, to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and you should raise your concern about the incident with your lawyer. A thorough and comprehensive investigation will need to be conducted to get to the bottom of what caused the seat failure.
Children Injured in Seat Failure Injuries
Sadly, many small passengers can be devastatingly, catastrophically or fatally injured in crashes involving seat failures. Whether a child seated in the backseat is crushed by a front seat failure, or if a seat failure impacts a car seat and a child’s security within the automobile, it’s critical to get to the bottom of exactly what went wrong. Car seats and booster seats can only keep children safe if the underlying vehicle structures hold steady during a crash. We strap car seats and booster seats to car seats, and we expect those seats to hold up under the potential pressure and force of a crash. If they don’t, child occupants are put at risk for injuries or death.
Car accidents involving any type of defective or faulty automobile part can be devastating, catastrophic or worse for families in Jackson. After any type of car accident involving a defective auto part, contact a personal injury lawyer with proven product liability case experience. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a seat failure in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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