Car Roof Crush Injuries
California Auto Defects Attorneys
California Auto Defects Attorneys
Is your car roof safe? It is unlikely that any of us gets in our cars and thinks about this. Car roofs can present a false sense of protection. It can protect us from rain, sun, debri caused by wind, and other potential driving hazards, but it is not likely to protect you if you are involved in a rollover accident. Rollover accidents are the leading cause of car roof crush injuries and fatalities.
What is a Car Roof Crush
A car roof crush can happen if you are in a rollover accident and the danger of this happening is much more likely than auto manufacturers want us to believe.
Car roof safety has been an issue for the past three decades as car makers struggled to understand how to make their cars safer and more cost-effective.
In car industry documents and other materials that were uncovered over these past three decades researchers found that car makers knew that stronger car roofs would save lives but did nothing about it. This is alarming news.
Attorney Brian Chase said that so many lives could have been saved that were lost due to roof failures. It would cost the manufacturers $100 to strengthen the roofs, a very minimal amount of money. Instead the manufacturers of auto roofs chose to risk people's lives and in addition large sums of money in settlements, in order to cut manufacturing costs. Brian Chase is an expert in auto defects and an experienced defective products attorney.
In 2004, Brian's peers named him Trial Lawyer of the Year for his success in litigating cases against negligent automakers.
Watch this video. Brian explains roof crush and what to look for if you were in a rollover accident
Brian Chase is also the author of "Still Unsafe At Any Speed", an informative book that takes an in-depth look at the negligence of auto manufacturers.
Car Roof Manufacturer Responsibility
The NHTSA adopted Rule 216 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety in order to prevent roof crush injuries. Roofs are required to withstand 1.5 times its weight. Then NHTSA officials suggested updating the regulation with technology advancements, requiring roofs to withstand direct pressure of 2.5 times the vehicle weight for all 5000 pound cars.
Unfortunately vehicles weighing more than 5,000 pounds such as SUVs are not affected by government regulation regarding their roofs. Automakers are free to design and build this class of vehicle without the safety standards normally associated with passenger vehicles.
Car Roof Crush Liability
Holding irresponsible corporations accountable for the harm they cause is a civic responsibility. Punishing negligence and holding wrongdoers accountable for the injuries they cause is healthy for our society as a whole, promotes corporate responsibility and makes our world a safer place. We all have a duty to society to speak up and be heard when we know a wrong has been committed.
Choosing The Right Auto Defect Attorney
The California law firm of Bisnar Chase stands behind its commitment to represent clients who are seriously injured during roof crush accidents throughout the nation.
- Our attorneys understand the history and intricacies between vehicle manufacturers, NHTSA and the liability laws that hold automakers financially accountable for negligent design.
- Our litigation team recently successfully concluded a number of California cases with the lawyers from Ford and General Motors, involving people who died as a result of SUV and light duty truck rollover accidents where the roofs failed and crushed the vehicle occupants.
Bisnar | Chase has been settling and litigating serious injury and wrongful death cases since 1978. Our auto defect attorneys continue to fight for clients whose lives will never be restored through money alone, while encouraging vehicle design safety. Brian Chase has held companies including General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford accountable and forced them to compensate victims who purchased SUVs and other vehicles that caused unnecessary deaths and injuries.
We are passionate about getting you the compensation you deserve and we will not stop until we do.
So if you or a loved one is concerned about car roof safety issues, we can help. Our California auto products liability attorneys are working overtime representing California victims of auto defects that have resulted in injury and death over the years. If these deaths and injuries could have been prevented then you are likely owed a financial settlement from the carmakers themselves. Please call us today at 1-800-561-4887 for a Free Case Evaluation and we will investigate your incident immediately.
Important Update: Read New Car Roof Crush Standards to Reduce Car and SUV Accident Fatalities for important news regarding car roof crushes.
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