Holding Manufacturers of Defective Vehicles Accountable — Fatal Roof Crash Injury Attorney
Motor vehicles come equipped with an array of standard features designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a collision. While vehicle occupants are aware of seatbelts and airbags, fewer people know that the passenger compartment is designed to be a “safe zone” with extra protection. However, roof crush injuries can cause fatalities when vehicles prone to rollover, such as 15-passenger vans, SUVs, and certain other vehicles are involved in a crash. When the roof collapses into the passenger compartment of a vehicle during a rollover, there is a significant risk of catastrophic injuries like fatal internal organ damage, paralysis, severe brain damage, and wrongful death. Roof strength is a critically important safety issue in terms of the crashworthiness of a vehicle because seatbelts provide significant protection during a rollover provided the roof does not collapse into the protective zone of the passenger compartment.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our defective vehicle accident attorneys understand the potentially fatal consequences when automakers cut corners in the design and manufacture of the roof of an SUV, passenger van, pickup, or car. Our lawyers work closely with engineers, vehicle safety experts, and accident reconstruction experts because they can assist a judge or jury in understanding the complex facts of a defective vehicle lawsuit involving a roof collapse. Clients choose us because our attorneys have over four decades of experience handling defective vehicle lawsuits. Because we have obtained over $40 million in judgments and verdicts, families of wrongful death victims understand that our results speak for themselves.
Lawsuits Have Revealed Vehicle Manufacturer Awareness of Inadequate Roof Strength
Because vehicles with a relatively narrow wheelbase and high center of gravity are more prone to roll over in crashes, manufacturers of vehicles like SUVs, 15-passenger vans, and pickup trucks have a legal duty to ensure their vehicles are reasonably safe. This duty includes taking measures to protect consumers from suffering fatal roof crash injuries in vehicles the automaker manufactures and sells. Evidence introduced in lawsuits involving roof crush injuries has shown vehicle manufacturers marketed their vehicles to consumer despite knowledge they lacked adequate roof strength to withstand a collapse in a rollover accident. Despite this awareness, manufacturers of rollover-prone vehicles elected to design, manufacture, and sell vehicles with roof crush defects. In some cases, vehicle manufacturers have disregarded and hidden their own negative test results and approved production of vehicles despite an unreasonable risk of roof crash deaths.
Why Our Roof Crash Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Effective prosecution of a roof crush lawsuit requires experience with the special issues involved in these types of defective vehicle claims. Some of the advantages that our experienced roof crush wrongful death lawyers can provide include the following:
- Expertise Regarding Federal Regulations: Because our law firm has successfully represented clients in roof crush accident litigation, we have extensive knowledge of the complex federal standards for vehicle roof strength. These standards are only minimum standards, so our attorneys are prepared for vehicle manufacturers who attempt to avoid responsibility by claiming they met these minimal requirements.
- Knowledge of Roof Strength Testing: We are well-versed in the procedures and testing conducted by vehicle manufacturers, so we can evaluate the performance of vehicles and their crashworthiness. Our lawyers work closely with engineers and accident reconstruction experts to identify defects that permit a roof to penetrate into the passenger compartment.
Our experienced Chicago roof crash wrongful death attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC are committed to holding vehicle manufacturers accountable when they fail to market vehicles that are sufficiently crashworthy. Our law firm offers vast experience and a proven track record of obtaining large verdicts and settlements for our clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.