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CRUSHED ROOFS

The government has long had a long term 'roof-crush' rule based on vehicle testing when they are not moving. Roof integrity is an important safety factor. A collapsing roof can kill or injure people no matter how well they properly restrained in a vehicle. A vehicle rollover is one of the most dangerous event that can happen driving. Although rollovers occur in only about 3 percent of all serious crashes, they account for about one-third of people killed as a riding passenger.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that a collapsing roof kills about 600 and injures about 900 people every year, even though they were belted in.
Roof safety is imperative.

 A new regulation says that vehicles weighing 6,000 pounds or less must be able to withstand a force equal to three times their weight applied alternately to the left and right sides of the roof. The roof cannot bend so far that it would touch the head of a driver or  a passenger.

The high profile group, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), introduced its own roof-crush test that subjects a vehicle’s roof to four times the vehicle’s weight. This test is now a factor in the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick designation, along with evaluations of performance in front and side impacts, and seat/head restraints.
Some manufacturers have begun to adopt this safety standard.


  • Suzuki's own expert witnesses testified the automaker was aware of 213 deaths and 8,200 injuries involving Suzuki Samurai rollovers
  • Jerome Greene and was driving to Chicago.  He was with his gospel singing group They were traveling in a 15 passenger 2001 Dodge Ram Van. The van rolled and two passengers were killed, and there was one passenger seriously injured.  These vans are defective and unreasonably dangerous.  A confidential settlement was reached with Chysler.
The van rolled and two passengers were killed, and there was one passenger seriously injured.  These vans are defective and unreasonably dangerous.  A confidential settlement was reached with Chrysler on behalf of all the clients.

Sources of compensation for crushed roof injuries/losses
  • Insurance companies
  • Lost wages if you take time off from your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)

  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship