Roof Crush

Automobile Roof Crush Lawyers in Texas

A roof crush occurs because of a structural integrity problem with your automobile. Caused by a rollover, a roof crush is an avoidable problem that many automakers recognize. SUVs and vans are more prone to rollovers and roof crush problems than regular cars. Contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Tyler & Peery in San Antonio, Texas, for a free initial consultation about your accident.

Government agencies and automakers have known about the problems associated with a roof crush accident for a long time. Despite this knowledge, structural integrity standards have not changed to protect people.

Causes of a Roof Crush

The roof standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be a contributing factor to the severity of injuries sustained in rollovers. Many of these vehicles meet these bare standards of occupant protection. Our firm handles countless rollover and roof cases, and understands how technical these cases are, and how difficult it can be to establish liability. Some of the common causes of a roof crush include:

  • Roof pillars that break during a vehicle rollover
  • Roofs that buckle, striking the passenger
  • Intrusion of the roof into the passenger compartment

Designs that protect people against roof crush accidents could drastically reduce the number of fatalities in rollovers. Under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 216, automakers must conform to minimum design requirements. Many of these standards provide little protection to anyone driving a heavier SUV or van.

Despite a strong push from safety experts, automakers and government agencies continue to fail to adopt new structural integrity standards. If the government changed these standards, automakers would have to design safer vehicles. Your family deserves the protection that could prevent rollover accidents.

To find out more about a roof crush accident, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Tyler & Peery for a free initial consultation. We represent people throughout Texas, including people in Fredericksburg, Houston, Brownsville, and Del Rio.