California Seatback Failure Attorneys
One of the most common types of car wrecks on California Highways is the rear-end accident. When cars in traffic stop suddenly, other cars that are following too closely or traveling too fast can have trouble stopping before a collision occurs. Most rear-end collisions are little more then minor annoyances, but in some instances a defective seatback can result in serious injury. Seatback failure takes place when a rear-end collision throws a seat forward, than backward, causing the mechanism that holds the seat upright to stop working. When the seat subsequently flies backward, it can hit passengers in the back seat hard, causing death or debilitating brain or spinal injuries. Front-seat passengers can be injured and lose control of the vehicle, causing multiple crashes; the collapsed seat backs may also block everyone's exit from the vehicle.
Problems with automobile seatbacks can be attributed to defective parts, including seatbacks, the tracks the seats rest on, and the recliner instruments. Seatbacks themselves should be sturdy enough to stop from moving forward and impacting the interior of the vehicle in a collision. A seatback failure can interfere with the restraint system, causing drivers to slam into rear seat objects in a collision. In extreme circumstances, the passengers can be ejected from the vehicle when they slide out from under seatbelts.
The safety norms for automobile seats are too lenient and out of date to protect those in California Auto Accidents from injuries. Vehicle tests show that most seatbacks are unable to safely withstand crashes, especially split bench and bucket seatbacks. Despite the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated their desire to strengthen federal requirements regarding seatbacks, it is still not required for automobile seats to go through crash tests.
Bisnar Chase is proud to have won significant victories in seatback failure law, including a case in which a seven-year-old girl died after her mother's Ford Escort was rear-ended at just 25 miles per hour. The girl's mother was thrown backward in her collapsed front seat, causing her head to strike her daughter in the chest. The girl suffered internal bleeding and a ruptured heart; she died just one day later. The Ford Motor Company settled the case for a significant, confidential amount of money after just one day at trial.
If you or a loved one have suffered an auto accident injury or death due to seatback failure, you are entitled under California law to compensation from the makers of the faulty seat. An experienced California seatback failure attorney can help you decide whether to file a case and get the best possible outcome for you. For a free, confidential consultation from the seatback failure lawyers at Bisnar Chase, please call 1 (866) 909-6161.