February 7, 2022 | Car Accidents
A roof crush can occur in a car accident when the vehicle rolls over and the roof cannot support its own weight. Unfortunately, this danger is relatively common, particularly in larger vehicles like SUVs, minivans and trucks. Because these heavier vehicles (over 6,000 pounds) do not have to comply with the same safety standards as other cars, manufacturers fail to reinforce roofs sufficiently to prevent a collapse during a rollover accident.
Dangers of Roof Collapse
If the roof of a vehicle collapses during an accident, the threat of injury or death to the driver or passengers in the vehicle increases. Common injuries associate with roof crush include spinal injuries, catastrophic brain injuries and fractures. Some of these injuries can lead to paralysis, impacting the victim’s life forever.
Causes of Roof Crush
There are a number of reasons why a roof may collapse in the event of a rollover. One common reason is that the roof pillars that support the roof of the car may be too weak to maintain the full weight of the vehicle. Pillars may also be located in the wrong place to withstand the impact of a rollover accident. In some cases, the materials used in the roof itself may be at fault for the roof crush.
Injuries caused by roof crush can be life-changing. In many cases, these accidents are the result of faulty manufacturing of the vehicle. Those injured in roof crush accidents from rollover accidents may be eligible for legal compensation to help pay for their injuries, suffering and medical care. Contact experienced NY car accident lawyers for assistance.
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