Roof Crush and Rollover Accidents
Did you know that Roof Crush is an important factor in determining how safe a vehicle will be in a rollover accident?
Sport Utility Vehicle are the most likely to have rollover accidents and also have the highest propensity for roof crush during an accident. When a roof collapses, there is less room for the driver and the passenger. Their head often strikes the roof, which can cause paralysis or even death. When roofs crush, there is also a greater likelihood of the passenger being ejected, which increases the risk of serious injury or fatality.
Why Do Roof Crush or Rollover Accidents Occur?
Roof crush accidents occur when the frame of the vehicle is not build strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle itself if it flips upside down in a crash. Passengers can suffer serious injuries or even death during a rollover or roof crush incident when the occupant comes in contact with the roof buckles. Studies have found that strong and sturdy roofs reduce the risk of fatalities or catastrophic injuries in the event of a rollover. Some tests even showed occupants being ejected from cars with weak roofs because the windshields and side windows did not remain in tact and door did not stay on or flew open during the rollover incident.
What Are the Standards for Roof Strength?
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 216 sets a minimum requirement for roof strength that is necessary to reduce deaths and injuries due to roof crush. The roof has to be able to prevent the rigid plate that is pushed into one side of the roof from moving five inches when pushed at a force equal to one and half times the weight of the vehicle. Another rule, updated in 2009 requires the roof to withstand an applied force equal to three times the amount of the vehicle's weight while providing a sufficient amount of head room for an average sized adult male. All 2013 models should have been made up to these new standards.
What Am I Entitled To If I Am Involved in a Roof Crush or Rollover Accident?
Victims of roof crush or rollover accidents can seek compensation for damages including:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
What Are My Next Steps?
Never repair or get rid of your vehicle. It is vital that you keep the vehicle in the condition it was in at the time of the crash so it can be thoroughly inspected by an expert to determine if the injuries were sustained as a result of the manufacturer's negligence to provide a strong roof.
Seek medical attention immediately and call 911. Once you have sought medical attention by a professional and have received a diagnosis, call us 24/7 for your free consultation. If you seek medical attention immediately, not only will it increase your chances of making a full recovery, it will also establish proof of your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a roof crush accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Finkelstein and Partners for a free consultation today.
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