Minneapolis, Minnesota – In a summit of the auto accident attorneys, majority of the speakers recommended rollover occupant protection for automobiles.
Not until recently the automobile manufacturers have started paying due attention to this aspect of automobile accident protection. While they have the veritable responsibility of providing reasonable protection measures for the occupants of automobiles on the move, at least in foreseeable rollover accidents, they have so far ignored it.
Such nonchalant attitude on part of the automobile manufacturers was largely an outcome of absence of appropriate government regulations.
“Long overdue, recent congressional scrutiny of roll over deaths and injuries has made rollover occupant safety an issue for automobile manufactures”, said one of the leading attorneys participating in the summit.
Many of the roll over accidents take place with sports vehicles. Unlike the front impact or the side impact crashes, the roll over accidents result in energy dissipation for longer periods over larger distance. The survival chances in case of rollover accidents is far greater compared to other types of accidents. The force that is exerted on the passengers is generally on the lower side in such cases.
Most of the attorneys who were in the summit are experienced and knowledgeable in automobile injury and accident cases.
“Notable defects that contribute to occupant injury in rollover accidents include lack of adequate roof and pillar strength, defective seat belts and door locks, lack of side curtain air bags and other interior padding, and a lack of window glazing”, said one of the leading advocates of the bar. “There are two types of claims that can be brought by an individual who sustains serious injury in a rollover accident; rollover crashworthiness claims and rollover stability claims”, he concluded.
Consensus opinion however, was in favor of stringent regulations for such rollover accidents.
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