The Willis Law Firm has a team of SUV roof crush Lawyers ready to guide you in the pursuit of justice and ensure that you get the best outcome possible for your catastrophic automobile accident.
SUVs are usually a popular option among consumers looking for a family vehicle since they have space that a growing family requires and their large dimensions give the appearance of safety. However, you might be surprised to learn that most SUVs are poorly designed and prone to accidents.
If you have involved in a serious SUV roof crush accident contact a car accident lawyer, you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries as well as those of your loved ones.
Call the Willis Law Firm at 1 (713) 529-9377 today for your free consultation.
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What’s an SUV Roof Crush?
A roof crush is what happens if a vehicle lands upside down such its entire weight rests on the roof. Due to inadequate design and poor quality manufacturing that results in poor roof supports, the roofs usually collapse with the vehicle’s weight crushing the occupants below.
Far too many vehicles aren’t built strong enough for their roof to sustain the vehicle’s weight should it ever roll over and land upside down.
The vehicle manufacturer that failed to design and build vehicles that have strong and structurally supported roofs can be held legally responsible and liable. The manufacturer can be the target of a roof crush lawsuit or defective product lawsuit.
The manufacturer might have cut costs by failing to spend an extra amount to provide sufficient structural support to the roof of a vehicle. Perhaps substandard materials or other materials were used in the manufacture of supports, door pillars, as well as other structures that ought to have reinforced the roof’s strength.
Roof collapses may happen in vehicles of many different types, which include SUVs, cars, trucks, or even buses. SUVs are especially prone to rollover accidents, due in part to the top-heavy design and high center of gravity.
The vast majority of SUV rollovers are single-vehicle accidents where there isn’t any other driver at fault. However, that does not automatically mean that the vehicle’s manufacturer is not responsible for any injury, which is the result of poor roof construction.
What Are the Most Common Causes of SUV Roof Crush Accidents?
On the highways today, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are some of the most popular vehicles. It seems that virtually every car manufacturer has its own versions of this vehicle type and consumers have been more than eager to buy them. The unfortunate thing is that many consumers have experienced all kinds of complications when driving such vehicles.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), SUVs roll over close to 3 times as often as passenger vehicles and estimates put the number of people that suffer fatalities in roof crush accidents every year at 12,000.
Specific factors have been identified as being a contributing factor in SUV-related accidents. The following is a compiled list of the elements that may lead to a roof crush accident.
Top 3 Causes of Roof Crush Accidents
1. Vehicle Tripping
The factors that may play a role in an SUV roof crush accident include the vehicle’s wheels treading on soft soil, driving too close to a guardrail or a high slope. An SUV’s weight tends to be more top-heavy than a 4-door vehicle.
If an SUV is driven on a 2-lane highway at a high speed and there’s suddenly a problem, the driver might lack time to react and get back in control of the vehicle. It is always advisable to drive SUVs with caution in case the road’s structure is unreliable.
2. Poor Maintenance
SUVs are larger in size, which is why maintenance is required for not just the driver but also other drivers on the road. Tires that are low in air supply or extremely deteriorated have been shown to put those that drive SUVs at risk.
A small puncture that goes unnoticed can lead to a tire blowout. Statistics show that more than 78,000 driver has been in serious accidents caused by tire blow-outs.
SUVs can be difficult to maneuver due to their structure. It can be difficult to see behind and many drivers often underestimate a turn. SUVs have a higher chance of tipping over if swerved aggressively unlike regular vehicles.
Drivers of larger vehicles are encouraged to never drive beyond the highway speed limit. Studies have shown that more than 40 percent of roof crush accidents are preventable if the SUV’s driver wasn’t speeding.
Who Can Be Held Liable in an SUV Roof Crush Case?
Defective door locks, seat belt buckles, or even latches that don’t stay locked, airbag deployment failures, post-collision fuel-fed fires, as well as seatbelt buckles that open in case of an accident may all result in catastrophic injuries for passengers and drivers.
If an SUV roof crush accident happens, it is not always the driver at fault. Vehicle manufacturers have a duty to ensure the safety of the driver when driving. The “Motor Vehicle Safety Act” was instilled by the federal government. It required vehicle manufacturers to follow certain safety standards.
The Act was introduced after studies show that close to 94,000 people died in a single year from motor vehicle accidents. While safety standards have been instituted, this has not ensured that drivers never get involved in vehicle accidents.
Besides negligent drivers, vehicle manufacturers can be held liable for roof crush accidents too. Manufacturers responsible for auto defects fall into 2 categories in product liability.
If a vehicle part is incorrectly made, chances are that an accident will occur. The parts might not be initially defective but they have been improperly cared for. Lack of care during transportation of a vehicle may lead to important parts of a vehicle such as the brakes to get damaged.
If a part of the vehicle was correctly manufactured, but the design itself contributed to deaths or injuries, it is still possible to hold the manufacturer accountable. One of the earliest examples of dangerous poor car designs was the failure to implement seat belts in vehicles.
What Type of Injuries Are Commonly Seen in Roof Crush Accidents?
Roof crush injuries that happen when a vehicle gets into an accident, is upside down, and the occupants within are crushed, can be particularly debilitating, catastrophic, severe, or even fatal. Survivors might suffer from fractured bones, paralysis, amputation, or even traumatic brain injury for the remainder of their lives.
Head and brain injuries are particularly common in roof-crush accidents. Victims usually sustain life-changing injuries, and even if they manage to survive, they might never again work and function as before. It is due to this fact that roof crush injuries are incredibly expensive and make roof crush lawsuits of great importance to both victims and survivors.
Contact Our SUV Roof Crush Lawyers to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Sub-par standards of safety can contribute to the dangerous nature of roof crush accidents. A roof crush accident can be particularly dangerous due to the blunt force experienced by passengers in the accident. Passengers involved in roof crush accidents are usually thrown from the vehicles during the accident thus resulting in a catastrophic injury.
In case of a roof crush accident, occupants of the vehicle may also sustain injuries caused by the weak roof support reinforcements collapsing under the vehicle’s weight. Roofs that collapse may lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and this may lead to paralysis or even fatalities.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to an SUV roof crush accident, you can trust the personal injury lawyers in Houston at the Willis Law Firm to help. If you call today, you will get a free case analysis from one of the top legal team experts. Insurance companies almost always don’t have your best interests at heart.
Contact the SUV roof crush lawyers of the Willis Law Firm at (713) 529-9377.