Roof Crush Injuries
Automobile Product Liability Attorneys
Across the United States, more than 10,000 drivers and passengers are killed every year in auto rollover crashes and accidents. When automobiles roll over, sometimes the roof will hit the ground and bend inward toward those in the car. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) mandate certain safety requirements that automakers must meet, similar to product liability standards. Many car roofs, for example, must be able to withstand a force of 1.5 times the weight of the car. This rule applies to all passenger vehicles with a gross weight rating of up to 6,000 pounds. As a result, some heavier cars, including certain SUVs and pickups, are exempt from this rule. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto rollover crash, contact the Memphis roof crush injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for help recovering fair compensation for your losses.
What Causes a Car Roof to Crush?
Many attribute car rollover accidents to driver error. While that is sometimes the case, the manufacturer may play a role. For example, some vehicles have a history of rollover issues as a result of poor design or production defects that make rollover incidents more likely to occur. In addition, tire defects are often a contributor, including tire blowouts, failures, and manufacturing defects in the tires themselves. Finally, there could be a design flaw in the in the side rails, headers, or support pillars that are supposed to protects those inside the vehicle.
To prove your case, the roof crush injury lawyers at our Memphis firm have the resources to consult with experts as needed, such as mechanical experts. It may be necessary to preserve and physically inspect the vehicle to determine exactly what happened and prove how and why the roof caved in based on the particular circumstances of the crash.
Damages Suffered in a Car Roof Crush Accident
Injuries sustained because of roof crush injuries can be catastrophic in nature, including full or partial paralysis. Damages in product liability cases come in many forms. For example, damages may be economic in nature. Examples of economic damages include past and future medical costs, loss of income or wages, and any property damages suffered. A second class of damages is referred to as non-economic damages. This category includes damages such as loss of enjoyment of life, loss of economic opportunity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages are a third category, and they are meant to punish particularly culpable behavior to deter future misconduct. If a large automaker knows of dangers but purposely hides them, exposing customers to danger, the jury can send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated.
Many cases are litigated over the amount of damages suffered by the victim, and expert witnesses are often necessary to investigate cases and assess the proper amount of damages owed. The Memphis roof crush injury lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have the resources to consult with and retain experts as needed to help further your roof crush case. It is important to contact an attorney as soon after the incident as possible, as personal injury cases must be filed within a certain amount of time after the injury, a legal concept known as the statute of limitations.
Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney Today Regarding Your Rights
Let us help you navigate the legal world if you suffered injuries in a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car rollover accident, we can help explain your options. We have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi, including cities such as Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Paducah, Sikeston, and Cape Girardeau. To set up a free consultation with a roof crush injury attorney in Memphis or beyond, contact our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form.