Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are the vehicles most prone to rollover accidents. Roof strength is a critical part of protecting vehicle occupants during a rollover accident. When roof crush resistance is inadequate, the roof of the vehicle can protrude into the occupant space during a rollover, causing injuries to the brain, spinal cord, and neck. Hollow roof pillars and the lack of roll bars mean that SUVs lack adequate roof crush resistance.
Auto manufacturers are aware of the danger. When SUVs were sold primarily for off-roading, roll bars were standard equipment. Now that their primary use is street and highway driving, roll bars have become optional. Customers must request them and pay extra for the protection even though SUVs are far more likely to roll than passenger cars.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident where injuries were exacerbated by a defective SUV roof, please contact our defective SUV roofs attorneys today.