Dallas injury attorney Greg Marks of Guajardo & Marks discusses rollover accidents and the serious injuries they often cause.
Are Rollover Accidents More Dangerous?
Outside of truck wrecks, rollover accidents are probably the most dangerous crashes for motorists and their passengers. For example, rollover accidents only account for 5 percent of all car wrecks, but they result in 35 percent of fatalities. In addition to fatalities, rollover accidents cause a high number of other catastrophic injuries, including paralysis, loss-of-limb and traumatic brain injury.
Why Are Rollover Accidents So Catastrophic?
Historically, rollover accident safety has been ignored. While the government and car manufacturers have spent untold millions seeking ways to improve safety in head-on and rear-end collisions, they haven’t focused enough on rollover accidents. In fact, they spent millions to researchers to try and prove it’s not the roof or safety cage collapsing that cause injury, but rather the occupant “diving” into the roof. In my decades of experience, this is simply not true.
There are three categories of rollover safety features that could help to protect occupants.
- Stronger safety cages have been known for years to be one of the best ways to protect motorists in an rollover accident. This will prevent the roof and doors from collapsing in on the occupants and has been known for years. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has even determined that roof structures should be strong enough to hold up 4x the weight of the vehicle.
- Seat belts should be designed to securely hold the occupant during the accident and prevent them from “diving” into the roof or out the window.
- Side air curtains prevent partial ejection and should be implemented on all vehicles. These would make it impossible for the occupant’s arms or head to be crushed by coming through the window during the accident.
For decades I have represented victims of rollover accidents and successfully secured maximum settlements because car manufacturers have failed to adequately protect consumers. In fact, in several cases, we were able to prove that not only were the safety features lacking, but the car rolled over because of a vehicle defect. Make no mistake about it, these cases are complex and it takes an experienced, aggressive law firm to go up against car manufacturers and their insurance companies. This is something I am dedicated to and I would love to hear from you if you or a loved one were injured because of a rollover accident. Call 972-774-9800 or fill out the form below to discuss your case, free of charge.