A Seattle car accident lawyer discusses the safety of car sunroofs and moonroofs and what you can do to stay safe if your vehicle has one of these features.

Seattle Attorney: Sunroof and Moonroof Safety

Andrew Kim
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This week we covered the tragic story of a Ferndale man who was killed in a Bellingham car accident when he lost control of his SUV on icy roads. Initial reports reveal that the man, who was not wearing his seat belt, was likely killed when he was ejected through his car’s moonroof. 

Let’s take a look at a few sunroof and moonroof safety tips: 

  • Never stand out of a sunroof! You’ve probably seen it in the movies, and it sure looks fun, but standing out of a sunroof is extremely dangerous—not only could you fall out of the vehicle, but you could also be struck by debris or passing objects. In addition, you would be seriously injured or killed in the event of a rollover accident. 
  • Always buckle up. If you have a sunroof or moonroof, it is even more important that you buckle your seat belt to prevent being ejected from your vehicle in the event of an accident, especially a rollover accident. 
  • Check for product recalls. A sunroof or moonroof should be safe and shouldn’t add a risk of injury—unless the feature is defective or dangerous. Be aware of any sunroof or moonroof recalls associated with your vehicle, and be sure to have any issues examined and fixed before getting back on the road. 
  • Consider rollover risks. Some safety experts believe that large sunroofs or moonroofs are more dangerous in the event of a rollover accident—that they may shatter or that they may affect the strength of the vehicle’s roof. You may wish to consider this point when purchasing your car. 

Do you need a Seattle car accident attorney? Call Andrew Kim today: 1.800.636.3676. 

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