Seats are a critical part of a vehicle’s restraint system. When properly designed as part of a safety system, they can save lives during a crash. Unfortunately, many seats are designed to insufficient, 40-year-old government standards that even some lawn and office chairs can pass. Weak seats collapse during rear-impact wrecks, resulting in serious injuries.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our Georgia seat collapse attorneys have been instrumental in bringing seat defects to light and seeking fair compensation for victims and their families, winning verdicts and settlements from DaimlerChrysler and General Motors in particular.
For example, in the 2004 Tennessee case of Flax v. DaimlerChrysler, our firm brought national attention to the danger of collapsing seats to small children following a record-breaking $105 million verdict for the wrongful death of an eight-month-old child.
In a seat back defect case, the seats collapse rearward when the vehicle is hit from behind in a rear impact. These collapsing seats can cause injuries to both the occupants of the collapsing seats and the passengers — very often young children — seated behind them.
Seat collapses can cause catastrophic, all-too-often fatal head and spinal cord injuries in accidents that may have otherwise only caused minor injuries or no injuries at all.
These injuries are most often caused by either the seat itself or the occupant of the seat striking the person immediately behind it. A seat collapse can also cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle at an extremely crucial time, resulting in a secondary wreck.
Our firm has uncovered documents revealing that automakers have been aware for decades of the dangers of their collapsing seats injuring and killing hundreds of adults and children. Stronger seat designs, capable of resisting the forces of a rear impact, exist and are used in many other vehicles.
Our attorneys have a track record of results in seat back defect cases. We have helped clients obtain several substantial verdicts and settlements in this area. If you or family members have suffered injuries as the result of a seat back collapse, you need an experienced auto defect lawyer to maximize your recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.