Roof crush accidents are often caused by several factors. Discover common causes of these crashes and the parties who may be responsible for compensating you.

Roof Crush Accidents: How They Happen and the Serious Injuries They Cause

roof crush injuries and rollover crashesThe crushing of a motor vehicle’s roof can occur during a rollover car accident. It can make an already very serious collision even more deadly. Victims who survive can suffer catastrophic injuries that will have a dramatic long-term impact on their lives and the lives of their families.

What Are the Causes of Roof Crush Accidents?

Often there are multiple causes—and liable parties—in a wreck where the roof collapses on the occupants trapped inside. Rollover and roof crush accidents are often caused by tripping, which is when a vehicle’s momentum is interrupted by the tires hitting something, such as a pothole, debris, median, or curb. This can cause the vehicle to jolt sideways while also maintaining its forward movement, often causing a rollover. If the car lands on its roof or rolls over violently, the roof may collapse. There are many underlying causes of rollover crashes:

  • A high center of gravity, which is common for pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans
  • Design or manufacturing defects in the vehicle’s roof
  • Brake failure, tire blowouts, and other vehicle equipment failures and defects
  • Debris on the road
  • A reckless driver whose actions cause the victim to swerve and lose control of his vehicle

In some cases, a victim may have a claim against the at-fault driver and the manufacturers of his vehicle and roof if the roof was designed or manufactured poorly.

Injuries Caused by Roof Crush Accidents

The injuries victims sustain when their vehicle rolls over and the roof collapses in on them are often catastrophic or fatal. Common injuries include:

  • Broken and crushed bones
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding
  • Loss of vision
  • Amputations
  • Nerve damage
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury and other brain injuries causing permanent brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

You need to retain an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible to identify all liable parties and negotiate your settlement so that you receive the compensation you deserve and may need for the rest of your life. Find out about our extensive experience in car accident cases and how we can help. Fill out the form on our website to schedule your free consultation today.