Frequently Asked Questions
What is seatback failure?
The importance of seatback safety in vehicles cannot be overstated.
While most people are aware of the risks associated with car accidents, there is a lesser-known danger that can cause severe injuries—seatback failure. As a personal injury attorney, it is my duty to shed light on this issue, explore its causes and consequences, discuss the legal implications, and provide guidance for those affected.
In this piece, we will cover the basics of seatback failures, what some common causes are, and how you can protect yourself from these deadly automobile defects.
Table of Contents
What is seatback failure?
Seatback failure occurs when the backrest of a vehicle seat collapses or fails to stay in an upright position during a collision.
This failure can result in the occupant being thrown backward, leading to severe personal injuries or even death. Seatback failure can occur in various types of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, and trucks.
What are some common causes of seatback failure?
Several factors contribute to seatback failure incidents, including:
- Manufacturing defects in seatback design
- Insufficient testing and quality control measures
- Inadequate maintenance and repairs
- Negligence by automakers or vehicle owners
In addition to these, defective products and components like latches, weak seat frames, and improper installation can also contribute of seatback failure.
What are some common injuries associated with seatback failure?
Seatback failure can cause a range of injuries, including:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Eye injuries
In the most extreme cases, seatback failures have been known to be fatal.
A big thing to remember is that the impact of a failed seatback can be particularly devastating for rear-seat passengers, including children.
Who is liable if someone is injured in a seatback failure?
Determining liability in seatback failure cases can be complex.
Parties that may be held accountable include automakers, seat manufacturers, parts suppliers, and even vehicle owners who neglected proper maintenance. Establishing negligence or product liability claims requires thorough investigation and expertise in personal injury law.
Are lawyers necessary in seatback injury claims?
If you or a loved one has experienced a seatback failure incident, it is crucial to seek legal representation from a personal injury attorney who focuses on product liability cases.
These cases often involve significant legal complexities, and having an experienced attorney by your side can help protect your rights, navigate the legal process, and maximize your compensation.
What should someone do after a seatback failure incident?
After a seatback failure incident, prioritize your safety and seek immediate medical attention for any injuries.
Document the incident by taking photographs of the failed seatback, the vehicle involved, and any visible injuries. Preserve any relevant evidence, such as maintenance records or eyewitness statements. Report the incident to the appropriate authorities and consult with a personal injury attorney promptly.
What type of compensation and damagers are awarded in seatback failure incidents?
Victims of seatback failure incidents may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and diminished quality of life.
A skilled personal injury attorney will work diligently to gather evidence, assess the full extent of your losses, and build a strong case to pursue the maximum compensation possible.
Seatback failure is a serious safety concern that can lead to life-altering injuries or fatalities. Holding responsible parties accountable through legal action is essential for both seeking justice for victims and promoting safer design and manufacturing practices in the automotive industry. If you or someone you know has been affected by seatback failure, it is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Answered By:Attorney Daniel Schiffman
More About Daniel:
Daniel S. Schiffman, a partner at Schiffman Firm, is a litigator who practices primarily in the fields of personal injury, product liability, and business litigation. Attorney Schiffman is licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania state courts (60 judicial districts) and all three of Pennsylvania’s federal district courts.
More Frequently Asked Questions
What are bowriders and why are they dangerous?
What are the dangers of infant inclined sleepers and beds?
What do I do if I was injured by a Peloton?
What is seatback failure?
How are electric bikes (e-bikes) dangerous?
What are the hidden dangers of car seats for children?
What are the most dangerous consumer products that can cause injury and harm?
How do I know if I have a legal claim?
How long does it take to receive my settlement or compensation after my case?
How do I file a lawsuit?
When Bad Products Hurt Good People - Your Case Is Our Cause
Which Law Firm Handles Product Liability and Defective Product Personal Injury Claims?
With over 100 years of collective legal and trial experience, the team at Schiffman Firm has been a leader in providing trusted legal representation to injured victims and other types of clients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With a focus in product liability cases caused by dangerous and defective consumer and commercial products, our attorneys bring vast amounts of experience and expertise to victims and families that have suffered an injury caused by defective products like, but not limited to: