Roof Collapse and Crashworthiness
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The structural design and assembly of a vehicle can be a major factor in whether occupants are injured during a car crash. As we all know, not all vehicles are created equal. Some automobile manufacturers cut corners to save costs that inevitably compromise the safety features of their vehicles.
The strength of a vehicle’s roof is critical in protecting passengers during a rollover crash. The size and weight of a vehicle can affect how strong the roof needs to be to protect passengers during an accident. Sometimes vehicles are manufactured without appropriate safety measures which can ultimately lead to the serious injury or death of passengers involved in an accident.
While vehicles are required to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), meeting those criteria does not in and of itself protect the manufacturer from liability. If you or a family member have been seriously injured or killed in a crash where you suspect the vehicle did not protect you as it should, contact The Potts Law Firm to review your case at no obligation.
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Burns, scarring and disfigurement
- Death to a loved one or family member
A passenger safety cell, or safety cage, is the reinforced area surrounding the passenger compartment of a vehicle. This frame provides extra strength and protection for vehicle occupants by remaining rigid during an accident, while car crumple zones allow for the redistribution of force during an impact.
Cars with proper safety features require front and rear sections that absorb collision forces and crumple when impacted. A crumple zone, also known as a crush zone, is the area of your vehicle designed to crumple during an accident. The purpose behind a crush zone is to absorb some of the energy from an accident to protect passengers from impact. Crumple zones typically vary depending on the size and weight of your vehicle.
To learn more about vehicle safety and crashworthiness, visit NHTSA.gov.
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Your case will typically be filed only if we are unable to settle your case. If your case is filed, it will likely be filed in the state the accident or injury occurred. Our auto defect attorneys may also be able to file your case where the defendant is headquartered, a registered agent or does business. We also can file where the original negligent design of the product occurred.