In the event of a rollover accident, it is important that the roof maintain its shape and not collapse. Roof crush can cause serious injuries or death and can also increase the likelihood of being thrown from the vehicle. Unfortunately, while manufacturers know of the dangers of roof crushes, they don't always take the steps necessary to prevent them.
Roof crushes occur when the support system for the roof is not sufficiently strong. For example, SUV are often involved in rollover accidents and if the roll bar is not strong enough it can result in a roof crush. Safe roofs are equipped with many features including strong roof pillars and full-length closed sections. In some cases, there is nothing that can be done to prevent a roof crush. Most often, the roof is defective.
A roof can be defective in at least three ways:
In the event of a rollover accident, a well designed roof will not collapse, providing space and protection to the passenger compartment of the auto. If the roof crushes, you are more likely to sustain head and neck injuries. These injuries can result in paralysis or death. Roof crush also makes it easier to be thrown from the car which increases the odds of serious injury.
If you have sustained injuries due to a roof crush and you believe the roof was defective, you may have an automotive products liability claim against the manufacturer. An experienced automotive products liability lawyer can help you determine whether you have a claim and help you get the results you want.
Last Modified: 08-20-2012 04:40 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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