Stronger Roofs lead to Fewer Rollover Accident Deaths
Car accidents always have the potential to be serious, but some types of accidents can be even more catastrophic than others. Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous types of collisions. If you’re involved in a rollover accident, you have to rely on the safety features of your vehicle to keep you safe during the impact of both the initial collision and the rollover. Unfortunately, some vehicles don’t have strong enough roofs to protect drivers and passengers in a rollover accident. If you’ve been injured in a rollover accident because of inadequate roof strength, contact a Sandy Springs personal injury Attorney to discuss your case.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rollover accidents have a high likelihood of resulting in serious injury or death. Although rollover accidents only account for 2% of all crashes, the IIHS reports that “these crashes account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.” Thousands of survivors of rollover accidents suffer serious injuries, often to the head, neck, and spine. The IIHS further reports that rollover deaths and injuries could be prevented by stronger vehicle roofs.
When a vehicle rolls over onto its roof, the roof must be able to withstand the weight of the car that now sits on top of it. A roof with inadequate strength crushes inward, potentially crushing people inside the vehicle, and especially causing injury to the head, neck, and spine. Since a weaker roof can lead to shifts in the frame of the vehicle upon impact of a rollover, it may also lead to the increased risk of ejection during a rollover. Ejection of drivers and passengers is a common cause of death or serious injury in car accidents.
Vehicles are federally mandated to maintain adequate roof strength. According to the standard, a car’s roof must be able to withstand a force that is equal to three times the vehicle’s total weight. This standard is intended to “reduce deaths and injuries due to the crushing of the roof into the occupant compartment in rollover crashes.”
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, take the time to research its relevant safety features. Make sure your new car has adequate roof strength.
Data is compiled regularly and is readily available online. Don’t wind up with a less safe vehicle because you didn’t feel like doing your homework.
If you’ve suffered a head, neck, spine, or other serious injury because of a weak roof, contact an experienced accident Attorney. We diligently represents every personal injury client, fighting tirelessly to get you the best possible resolution to your case. Call us today, so we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.