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Rollover and Roof Crush

by Shalimar S. Wallis on 05/17/2013

Rollovers are complex crash incidents and are particularly violent in nature. More than 10,000 people a year are killed in rollover crashes according to safercar.gov. While rollovers comprise just 3% of all light passenger vehicle crashes, they account for almost one-third of all passenger fatalities, and more than 60 percent of passenger deaths in SUV car accidents, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

During a rollover car accident, the intrusion of the roof structure into the occupant compartment is referred to as "roof crush." NHTSA estimates that each year approximately 807 motor vehicle passengers are seriously injured, and approximately 596 are fatally injured (1,403 total) by roof crush.

A crush-resistant roof is an important factor in reducing the risk of injury in a rollover crash. Newer vehicles are required to have a roof crush resistance of rating equivalent to three times vehicle weight. Vehicle defects resulting in diminished roof strength often cause serious injury and even death in rollover accidents.

The most effective way to reduce roof crush deaths and injuries is to prevent the rollover crash from occurring. Car accidents resulting in roof crush are most often attributed to excessive speeding, nighttime driving, off-road tripping/tipping mechanism, rural roads, drunk driving, and distracted driving. It is also worth noting that you are 75% more likely to survive a rollover car accident if you are wearing your seatbelt. Please buckle up and ensure that everyone in your vehicle buckles up.

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Tags: Automotive Defects, Automobile Accidents, Rollover Accidents

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