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An all too common occurence is the rollover accident resulting in disabling and often paralyzing, if not fatal, injuries. Typically, sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) that are already top heavy are the culprits for these injuries.
There are over 10,000 rollover deaths annually in the U.S. There are about 273,000 such accidents each year. Certain poorly designed vehicles are much more likely to cause these injuries than others. For example, the Ford Explorer is 53% more likely to roll over than other SUV’s when faced with equipment failure.
Currently, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing public comments concerning a new proposed “roof crush” rule. The new rule would increase the current roof rush standard only slightly. In fact, the NHTSA did not even follow Congress’ instructions to test both driver and passenger sides of the vehicle for structural integrity. The new rule would do nothing, as a practical matter, to increase consumer safety.
The NHTSA should promulgate a new rule that truly improves roof crush standards, follows Congress’ mandate and improves public safety.
If you or a family member have been involved in a rollover accident, you should consult with an attorney experienced in handling these cases. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter has handled these complex cases and has the experience to evaluate your case and determine if poor automotive design contributed in causing the accident or injuries.