Roof Crush in a Rollover Accident
With a population that exceeds 1‚300‚000 and a total amount of licensed drivers that is more than 633‚000‚ the roads and freeways of San Diego are filled with commuters and visitors alike on a daily basis. An increased amount of motorists may mean a high risk of being involved in an auto accident‚ and though an accident can be caused by a number of things‚ the results of any collision can be made much worse if a vehicle has a defective or poorly designed part. One type of dangerous accident that is responsible for an estimated 33 percent of car crash fatalities is a rollover accident‚ and if the roof of a vehicle is not designed to withstand the force of a rollover accident‚ a roof may crush and cause serious injuries and harm to the occupants of the vehicle.
The San Diego defective auto attorneys of the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers know that automakers are responsible for designing safe vehicles‚ and if a manufacturer or designer is negligent‚ innocent motorists may pay the price when an accident occurs. For a free consultation regarding your roof crush case‚ call (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.
Federal Roof Design Safety Standards
For the safety of motorists across the U.S.‚ the federal government creates and enforces safety standards for auto manufacturers. In regards to the guidelines that govern roof design‚ one of the key factors in how a vehicle will protect its occupants during a rollover accident is the strength of its roof‚ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently conducts roof-crush tests to determine how strong a vehicle’s roof is. As of a 2009 revised regulation‚ the roof of a vehicle must withstand 3 times the vehicle’s weight in this crush test. In addition‚ vehicles over 6‚000 pounds must meet a roof-crush standard‚ though the requirement for heavier passenger vehicles will remain at 1.5 times the vehicle weight.
Overall‚ manufacturers are legally and ethically obligated to produce a safe vehicle roof that will properly protect the occupants of a vehicle in the event of a rollover crash and that adheres to federal safety standards.
Who is Legally Responsible for a Roof Crush Accident?
Roof crush is the failure and displacement of an automobile roof into the passenger compartment during a rollover accident‚ and the potential for a roof crush to cause very serious injuries and possibly eject the vehicle’s occupants during an accident is great. As such‚ those injured as the result of a roof crush should consider pursing legal action against the negligent parties to receive compensation for things like medical expenses and vehicle repair. But who is liable for a roof crush accident? A weak roof is likely attributed to a manufacturing error or design flaw‚ and in this instance‚ the manufacturer or designer of your vehicle can be held accountable for any harm caused as a result of their negligence. Automakers and designers are held to the highest quality standards‚ but when their negligence causes a collision and critical injuries‚ they may be held accountable.
Obtaining Successful Results for Injured Accident Victims
A rollover accident is one of the most dangerous types of crashes a driver or passenger can be involved in‚ and when the results are made more devastating by a roof crush‚ accident victims should speak with one of the skilled San Diego auto product liability attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers to understand your legal rights and options. A victim can unquestionably suffer serious and life-threatening injuries‚ and the emotional‚ physical‚ and mental recovery from this dangerous vehicle accident can be lengthy and present a number of obstacles that can put a person’s life on hold. Our legal team has the resources and skills needed to fight back against large corporations and win you the compensation you need to recover and rebuild your life. To discuss your case with during a complimentary consultation‚ call (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.