A Seattle car accident attorney explores the safety issues associated with sunroofs and moonroofs and what you can do to prevent related car accident injuries.

Sunroofs, Safety & Washington Car Accidents: What You Should Know

This week we covered the tragic story of a fatal car accident in Bellingham, Washington, in which a 52-year-old Ferndale man was found pinned under his car following a rollover crash in his SUV. Authorities investigating the deadly vehicle accident stated that the man had not been wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car through the shattered monograph of his SUV. 

The accident raises a number of questions and concerns for all drivers who have vehicles with sunroofs and moonroofs: are sunroofs safe during rollover accidents? Are moonroofs dangerous? What can drivers do to prevent sunroof-related injuries? 

Currently, more than 40 percent of vehicles sold in the United States have sunroofs—more than ever before. And sunroofs are getting larger with every passing year. But are these sought-after features a danger? 

Sunroofs and being ejected from vehicles​

As in the above case, there is a risk that you could be ejected from your vehicle through the sunroof or moonroof during a car accident. However, you can prevent this risk by buckling your seat belt when driving and by never letting passengers stand out of your sunroof. 

Defective sunroofs and moonroofs​

From time to time, a vehicle is recalled because of a defective or dangerous sunroof or moonroof. When these recalls take place, it is imperative that you take your vehicle to a dealer or mechanic to have the issue fixed so that the safety of your vehicle is not compromised. 

The controversy of panoramic sunroofs​

Sunroofs are getting larger and more prolific with every passing year. Consumers like the feature, and even many economy cars now come with sunroof options. However, some safety experts worry that these larger, panoramic sunroofs pose a safety threat. Some have shattered spontaneously, while others have shattered during rollover accidents. Some note that having so much glass at the top of the vehicle even changes the car’s center of gravity. 

Seattle car accident attorney 

If you have been involved in a car accident and have an injury that involved a sunroof or moonroof, you may wish to speak with a Washington injury lawyer about your case. Understanding who was at fault for your accident and whether your injuries could have been prevented is key to understanding your case. An attorney can review the facts of your accident and let you know if you deserve compensation from another driver or a car company. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with Andrew Kim, call 1.800.636.3676 today.