To protect occupants in a rollover, maintaining survival space is very important. Survival space is the space around an occupant that remains free of intrusion in an accident. It is the area in which an occupant is able to “survive” the crash. A roof is part of the structural support of a vehicle and is therefore a critical component in keeping the occupant safe. If a roof crushes substantially during an accident, from a failure of the side rails, headers or support pillars, catastrophic injuries can occur. Often, this decreased survival space results in the occupant’s head impacting some portion of the vehicle causing death, paralysis or brain damage. Sometimes, the occupant can even be partially ejected through an opening created during roof crush.
Over the years, our firm has handled a number of roof crush cases. In one case, Pittman v. Ford. Catherine Parker died as a result of the roof crushing in on her after her 1999 Ford Explorer overturned. At the time of the accident, Ms. Parker was properly belted. The jury awarded Ms. Parker’s estate $2.75 million for wrongful death arising from Ford’s unreasonably dangerous roof design in the 1999 Ford Explorer.
For more information on roof crush cases, contact Greg Allen or Chris Glover at 800-898-2034 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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