We all understand that cars can be dangerous. After all, cars weigh thousands of pounds, are full of flammable chemicals and materials, and cage their passengers with glass windows which can shatter in an accident. We very seldom consider the dangers of apparently “harmless” car seats. But when seats fail, they can be just as hazardous as any other part of a car. Seat back failures can lead to debilitating injuries, expensive health care costs, and emotional trauma resulting from an accident.
The Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm of Reiff & Bily represents clients who have suffered serious seat back-related injuries in auto accidents in Pennsylvania. If you have been injured, our auto accident lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and resources you need. We have more than 34 years of experience providing aggressive client advocacy for residents of Pennsylvania injured by seat back failures, so call us today at (215) 274-0072
What Causes Car Seat Failure?
Seat back failure accidents happen when a motor vehicle with bucket seats is involved in an auto accident, particularly a rear-end collision.
In simplified terms, the violent forward motion caused by a rear-end collision applies a sudden force of weight against the seat, restricting the occupant’s movement. If the seat does not stay in place, or if the weight is too great, the seat back can collapse. A bend or collapse can seriously injure passengers riding in the vehicle’s back seats, as well as occupants in the front.
Most car seat back failures occur when the front car seats collapse backwards from the impact of a rear-end collision. Occupants could be ejected from the vehicle, thrown around inside the vehicle, or strike other passengers. Even low-speed accidents can be extremely dangerous.
Common injuries resulting from seat back accidents include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Broken Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Leg Injuries
- Permanent Disfigurement
Children are especially prone to serious injury accidents when riding behind a bucket seat. Adults should secure children safely behind the seat carrying the smallest passenger, or behind a seat which is unoccupied.
In 2008, Consumer Affairs reported a seat back recall by Ford due to faulty welding connecting the driver’s front seat back with a crucial bracket. The recall covers F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks. More than 87,000 of these trucks are owned by people in the United States.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
If you are ever in an auto accident, exchange information with any other parties involved. Always keep your insurance information in your glove box. Call 9-1-1 or the police to report the accident, and never leave the scene of an accident. Double-check your insurance coverage, and report the accident to the insurance company.
In the aftermath of auto accident cases, there are three important legal steps:
- Determining which parties are liable for the resulting personal injuries and property damage.
- Calculating the amount of monetary damages.
- Determining where to collect the damages.
Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer Jeffrey Reiff and the experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyers at Reiff & Bily will:
- Closely examine the details of your accident.
- Evaluate your claim.
- Determine which parties and insurance companies are responsible.
- Organize all of the details of preparing and presenting your automobile accident case.
Our legal team works on a contingent fee basis, charging only a small percentage of the recovery in the cases we handle. We do not get paid unless there is a successful recovery. We have handled thousands of automobile accident cases, and have successfully recovered over $150 million for our clients for physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Call Reiff & Bily today at (215) 274-0072 or contact us online and ask for your free case evaluation with an experienced Philadelphia, Pennsylvania seat back failure attorney.