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When you are involved in a vehicle rollover, one of the most essential safety features is a sturdy roof. A roof supported by roll bars or other reinforcements will withstand the weight of the car during the rollover. An non-reinforced roof, however, is vulnerable to caving, crushing, or denting in a way that threatens the driver and passengers inside.
Roof Safety Standards
Drivers expect a certain level of safety when they enter a car, but because rollovers are relatively rare compared to other accidents, drivers rarely consider whether their vehicle has an adequately reinforced roof. While cars sold in Europe have had to meet increasing roof safety standards over the past 30 years, U.S. standards have lagged behind. Instead of focusing on building sturdier roofs, car manufacturers have instead focused on cutting costs and meeting the minimum roof safety standard that has existed since 1971.
Rollover Accidents & Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 7,000 people are severely injured or killed each year in the U.S. from accidents in which the vehicle roof is crushed. As SUVs and heavier vehicles have become more popular, drivers and passengers are put at an increasingly high risk of being involved in a devastating rollover accident. SUVs are known to roll over even at low speeds when roads are slick or certain swerving or turning maneuvers are made.
If You Are Injured
Reinforced roofs and roll bars could help to decrease the severity of injury and the frequency of death in rollovers, but unfortunately adequately sturdy roofs are not yet the standard in the U.S. If you have been injured in a rollover because the roof was crushed or caved in, the car manufacturer may be liable and you have the right to pursue legal action for compensation. A personal injury attorney can help you organize evidence for your claim and fight to get you the compensation for your injuries and damages that you may deserve.
For More Information
To learn more about crushed roof accidents and injury liability, please visit the website of experienced Waukesha personal injury attorneys Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. today.