Roof Crush Injuries Due to Auto Defects
Philadelphia Rollover Accident Lawyer for Victims of Defective Vehicle Design
Although rollover accidents are not the most common type of car crash, they do cause the highest number of fatalities. This is a result of auto defects such as poorly designed and constructed roofs, which collapse during the rollover. Roof crush is responsible for serious and often fatal car accident injuries such as brain and spinal cord damage. Roof crush injuries are most common in SUVs, trucks and vans, which have a higher center of gravity than cars. This leaves them vulnerable for rollover accidents during low-speed collisions, emergency evasive maneuvers and sudden tire failure. However, if you or a loved one sustains roof crush injuries due to a rollover, then you may be able to collect compensation from the negligent manufacturer, regardless of who is at fault for the wreck.
A product liability lawsuit for roof crush injuries often requires extensive investigation by car design and manufacturing experts. The car accident attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have experience investigating and litigating complex cases involving auto defects. If defective roof design caused serious injuries to you or a loved one, then contact a rollover accident lawyer from our law firm to find out how we can help.
What Causes Roof Collapse During a Car Crash?
Roof crush injuries and deaths are the result of auto defects, usually due to manufacturer negligence. Strong roof supports and/or roll bars are necessary for a vehicle’s roof to maintain its shape during a rollover accident. These features help to prevent the roof from collapsing onto the passengers. When vehicle designers and manufacturers neglect crashworthiness tests for rollover accidents or do not reinforce the vehicle’s frame, the roof may then collapse.
If a car rolls upside down during a car crash, the full weight of the vehicle presses onto the roof. In the event that auto defects cause the roof to fail, the mass of the vehicle may then fall on the passengers, often causing wrongful death.
In some instances, a vehicle’s roof may buckle, but not fail entirely. However, this can still be dangerous for occupants. This limits headroom inside the vehicle, which substantially increases the likelihood of car accident injuries to the spine and brain. Additionally, in order for safety features such as airbags and seat belts to work properly, intrusion into the vehicle must be limited. When the roof intrudes into a vehicle, the safety features will not be able to fully protect the occupants.
Furthermore, during roof crush, the windshield and side windows become weak and break under the pressure. The open windows allow for occupants to be ejected during rollover accidents, causing serious and often fatal injuries.
What Car Accident Injuries Commonly Result from Roof Failure?
Roof crush during a rollover accident often results in catastrophic injuries to passengers inside as well as those ejected from the vehicle. Such injuries may include:
- Severe head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury, which may result in paralysis (quadriplegia and paraplegia)
- Traumatic amputations
- Wrongful death
Injuries such as these could be easily prevented through proper roof design and construction. However, negligent manufacturing often results in auto defects like weak roofs. Additionally, other auto defects in SUVs, trucks and passenger vans make them more likely to be involved in rollover accidents, compounding the risk of roof crush injuries.
If you sustain serious injuries or suffer the loss of a loved one due to roof collapse during a rollover, you may be able to collect compensation from the vehicle manufacturer. Generally, you can file a product liability lawsuit for an auto defect after a car crash regardless of fault. This means that, even if you are found liable for the wreck, you are still entitled to compensation.
Roof Crush Injuries? Contact a Philadelphia Rollover Accident Lawyer
If poor roof design and/or construction resulted in your catastrophic injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, then contact our law firm today. Our attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to fully investigate your accident. If auto defects caused or contributed to your injuries, then we can represent your product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey, but we accept car accident cases nationwide. Call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with a rollover accident lawyer.