A vehicle’s crash worthiness is based on how well it can protect riders in an accident. While most vehicles are able to absorb an average-speed bumper to bumper collision, not all are capable of protecting occupants in the event of a side-impact or rollover. Many vehicles aren’t designed well enough to maintain their form and integrity when they roll over or overturn. When a poorly designed vehicle rolls over, it may not be capable of withstanding the impact and the occupants may get crushed.
Injuries that occur as a result of roof crush or the roof caving in can be catastrophic or even fatal. Automakers have a responsibility to design and manufacture vehicles that can withstand the forces of a collision. When vehicles are unsound structurally, occupants are at risk of suffering devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered roof crush injuries, contact a personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah to find out how we can help you.
Well-designed and manufactured vehicles are able to maintain their shape without buckling or downward crushing during a crash. When the support pillars fail to work properly, it may be a sign that the roof was faulty. Since drivers and passengers are forced to sit upright while buckled in, it is crucial that the roof does not buckle during a rollover or the occupants are likely to suffer devastating traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
The Need for Roof Strength
Each year, thousands of people are killed in rollover crashes. The best way to prevent these types of collisions is to keep vehicles from overturning. Today, many vehicles have electronic stability control, a safety feature that has significantly reduced the number of rollovers. But when vehicles do roll, side curtain airbags and seat belt use protect riders. But, for these safety technologies to be most effective, the vehicle’s roof must be able to maintain the occupant survival space when it hits the ground during a rollover.
It is a fact that stronger roofs don’t cave in thereby reducing the risk of people being injured by contact with the roof itself. Stronger roofs can prevent occupants, especially those who are not using safety belts, from being ejected through windows, windshields, or doors opened up because the roof has deformed. The strength of the roof is particularly important in sport utility vehicles since SUVs have a high center of gravity and are prone to rolling over.
Common Roof Crush Injuries
Rollover crashes are often violent, and injuries tend to be serious or even catastrophic. Some of the common injuries sustained in these types of accidents include spinal injuries (paralysis), broken bones, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage. A seat belt could reduce the severity of the injuries because it can prevent occupant ejection. But if the roof caves in, occupants can get crushed even if the seat belt holds them in place. It is fairly common for medical bills in such cases to reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. In cases where victims may need a lifetime of care, costs may add up to millions of dollars.
Compensation for Victims in FL
Many roof crush incidents and injuries occur because manufacturers fail to make their roofs strong enough. It costs automakers a couple of hundred dollars per vehicle. But many of them fail their consumers, putting profits before public safety. If you have suffered roof crush injuries due to defectively manufactured or designed vehicle, you can file a product liability claim against the automaker seeking compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages.
Contact our Jacksonville FL Roof Crush Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Florida roof crash car accident, do not hesitate to research your legal options. Call Farah & Farah at 855-797-9899 for a free consultation with a Jacksonville auto product liability lawyer.