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Catastrophic Roof Crush Injury Attorneys

If your family has been involved in a roof crush accident involving serious injuries, contacting a catastrophic injury lawyer is one of the best decisions you could make. To take on one of the world's largest corporations in a battle of engineering experts, you need strength, experience and skill. You need lawyers like John Bisnar and Brian Chase to balance the scales, pursue your rights and hold wrongdoers accountable.

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.

Settling and litigating catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases since 1978, Bisnar Chase continues to fight for clients whose lives will never be restored through money alone, while encouraging vehicle design safety.

It is the judgments and settlements wrongdoers have to pay that punish shortsighted companies who favor profits over lives and encourages them to prevent future damages by quashing irresponsible advertising, design and manufacturing. Bisnar Chase has held companies including General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford accountable and forced to them compensate victims who purchased SUVs and other vehicles that caused unnecessary deaths and injuries.

Representing the injured and holding wrongdoers accountable is our only business. It is all we do and we do it well.

For a Free Consultation, please call us today at 949-203-3814.

"Automobile and truck roofs that crush in on its passengers are responsible for more catastrophic injuries and deaths than any other type of automotive defect that we see in our practice" says attorney John Bisnar.

If you need immediate help for a catastrophic roof crush claim, please call 949-203-3814.

"For less than $100 these roofs could have been strengthened to the point that most lives lost due to roof failures would have been saved."

Brian Chase is the litigation team leader at the California law firm of Bisnar Chase. In 2012, his peers nominated Mr. Chase "Trial Attorney of the Year" for his success in litigating cases against negligent automakers.

Safety advocate Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1977 to 1980, says roof-crush is a critical problem that is a priority. In a recent article published in the Detroit News, Claybrook explained the urgency of new roof crush standards. “These are the most preventable injuries in auto crashes. The cardinal principle of occupant protection is the integrity of the passenger compartment."

In order to prevent roof crush injuries, 33 years ago, NHTSA adopted Rule 216 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

The rule was a "temporary" safety measure, which required roofs to withstand a force of 1.5 times the vehicle's weight. In its most recent proposal this year, NHTSA officials suggest updating the regulation with today’s technology advancements, requiring roofs to withstand direct pressure of 2.5 times the vehicle weight. The American automakers are opposed to the new regulation which would require them to increase the force from 1.5 to 2.5 for all 5,000 pound cars.

This rule presents a major loophole for SUVs weighing over 5,000 pounds. Vehicles over 5,000 pounds 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.

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 catastrophic injury 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's occupants.

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Roof Crush Lawyers

  • Cars without re-enforced roofs can be much more dangerous in a rollover accident. The top of the car can crush inwards, leading to major injury or death.
  • 15 Passenger Vans are some of the most likely vehicles to roll over and experience roof crush. Be careful when driving these dangerous vehicles!
  • If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a rollover or roof crush, know your rights and contact an attorney today. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.
  • Over $300M in verdicts and settlements.
  • Firm commitment to public safety and holding corporate giants accountable.
  • A team of auto defect attorneys who are dedicated and compassionate.
  • Serving California since 1978.

Client Reviews of Bisnar Chase

“My sister in law referred me to Bisnar Chase after I was rear ended on the 405 in January. They went over everything with me for best and worst case scenarios of my car accident claim. I fully knew what to expect and was informed every step of the way. That was a major factor to me! In addition to my settlement which I was really happy with, I couldn't believe how great their whole staff treated me. I really felt like "me" as a person mattered a lot to them. Would highly recommend!”

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“These people were so unbelievably nice. When you go to a personal injury law firm, you dont expect to like the people that are representing you. They did a great job with my case and kept me informed throughout the whole process. Definite 5 stars.”

reviewed at on December 22nd, 2012


“I could not recommend Bisnar & Chase highly enough! Now, I must be forthcoming and tell you that I am writing this review on behalf of my wonderful mother. You see, she's a mom, and therefor [sic] by nature is completely unable to do even the most simple of tasks on the internet. Like writing a a Yelp review. But we all love our moms don't we? Yes. We all love our moms (except Charles Manson), and would do anything to make sure they are protected and well taken care of. Upon referral from my mother's coworker, we contacted Bisnar & Chase. They had done a great job in this previous case and were located extremely close to both UCI and home, which made stopping by their office very convenient for my Mom. My Mom had been in an auto accident, nothing crazy but not a mere fender bender, and suffered what we thought to be some minor whiplash. Months later this was definitely not the case. Her client experience with the associates at Bisnar & Chase was so impressive that she raved to me about every time she heard anything from them. How thorough they were. How they listened better than I did (or something to that effect). How she liked Shannon and Mr. Bisnar and felt that they really had her best interests at heart. I honestly couldn't get her to shut up about them. But as a daughter that last part was all that I needed to hear to know that I we had found the right people and I could sleep easy at night knowing my Mom was in good hands. The Bisnar & Chase team really went above and beyond my family's expectations. And for that I am extremely grateful. If you live in the Newport Beach/Irvine/Costa Mesa/General Orange County area I would highly recommend Bisnar & Chase to both friends, and family.”

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