One of the most important factors in determining the safety of a vehicle in a rollover accident is the propensity for roof crush. Sport Utility Vehicles are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents, and they also are the most likely to have a roof crushed as a result. Our Washington rollover accident attorneys have the experience to hold car manufacturers responsible for bad designs that can cause serious injury and death.
Causes of Roof Crush Accidents
If the frame of the vehicle is not strong enough to withstand the forces of an auto accident, it can buckle under the weight of the vehicle. When a roof collapses, the passengers and driver are forced into a much smaller space. People may be forced out of the vehicle entirely, or contact with the roof or other parts of the car can cause serious injury, including paralysis, brain injury, and death.
Because the features of many SUVs cause them to be more likely to rollover, federal standards have been set to help keep roof crush from happening. If a car doesn’t meet these standards, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Car manufacturers have extensive resources to fight claims against their faulty designs, so it is important to get an experienced rollover accident attorney who understands the complex design and physics of these kinds of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a roof crush accident, please call Buckley & Associates today at (206) 622-1100. We serve clients in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.