Anthony & Peterson - Attorneys at Law

Areas of Practice - Roof Crush

Anthony & Peterson, LLP is a Nationally known personal injury law firm representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death due to automotive defects. Our Attorneys, Investigators and Experts have the experience and industry knowledge to quickly investigate, research and litigate manufacturing and design defects against major automotive manufacturers.

The vehicle involved in the accident is critical evidence in any automobile product liability case. Anthony & Peterson can locate and secure the vehicle in order to preserve your rights to bring a claim. There is no cost or obligation to meet with our attorneys and staff and begin an investigation.


Roof Crush and Rollovers
Strong vs. Weak
An American Auto Safety Tragedy: Roof Crush
Beware Dangers of Roof-Crush Rule
The New York Times
Dynamic Roof Crush Intrusion in Inverted Drop Testing
Crash-Test Report Backs Stronger Roofs on SUV's
Department of Transportation



Roof Crush and Rollovers
Anthony & Peterson has helped families get answers to why a loved one was severely injured or killed. Accidents occur every day. Many times, investigating authorities attribute the cause of the accident to driver inattention or driver error. While a driver's actions may have caused an accident, the cause of the injury or death is a separate issue that warrants an investigation.

A vehicles roof structure should not fail to the degree of this 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck. The loss of control and overcorrection lead to the truck rolling over. However, the roof structures failure and collapse was the cause of the fatal injuries. Within days of being contacted by the family our office located and secured the truck moving it to a dry storage. Investigators and experts inspected and documented the accident scene, meet with the investigating officers and interviewed witnesses. Within thirty days the clients were advised by Anthony & Peterson, LLP a valid wrongful death case could be pursued against the manufacturer.

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Strong vs. Weak
The difference in roof strength was obvious when the Nissan Xterra and Ford Explorer, both 2000 models, were subjected to a crushing force up to 10,000 pounds. The Xterra's roof crushed about 2 inches, and damage is hardly visible except for a cracked windshield. Meanwhile the Explorer's roof crushed 10 inches, caving far into the occupant compartment even before reaching 10,000 pounds of force.

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An American Auto Safety Tragedy: Roof Crush
In 1962 the Impact and Roll-Over Test Procedures Subcommittee of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) was formed in order to develop test procedures for evaluating vehicle structural integrity under various types of impacts.

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Beware Dangers of Roof-Crush Rule
The decades-long push to require airbags in automobiles is a case study in how safety improvements can travel a long and winding road through the regulatory process. A new standard for the strength of automobile roofs is now nearing the end of its own seemingly endless trek through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But unlike the airbag rule, which has saved thousands of lives since implementation, NHTSA's "roof-crush" rule will have little impact in the short-term, and could, in the long run, end up slowing down the march toward safer automobiles.

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The New York Times
DETROIT, May 13 - Volvo has promoted the sturdiness of its cars' roofs since it ran advertisements in the 1970's showing seven Volvo sedans stacked up, asking, "Are you in the market for a hardtop?"

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Dynamic Roof Crush Intrusion in Inverted Drop Testing
Many engineers believe that strong roofs provide significant protection to occupants during rollover collisions. As of this writing, the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened docket #5572 regarding review of the technical methodology for certifying the roof strength of passenger vehicles.

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Crash-Test Report Backs Stronger Roofs on SUV's
For years, the strength and safety of some auto roofs have ignited debate. Some carmakers have denied any connection between roof strength and passenger safety.

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Department of Transportation
This notice is a request for comments to assist NHTSA in upgrading the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 216, "Roof Crush Resistance," to reduce injuries and fatalities in passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and multipurpose passenger vehicles resulting from roof intrusion during rollover crashes. It asks the public for its views and comments on what changes, if any, are needed to the roof crush resistance standard. NHTSA will consider all such comments in deciding what regulatory changes, if any, may be appropriate for upgrading the standard. Concerns presented in a petition for rulemaking from the law firm R. Ben Hogan, Smith and Alspaugh requesting that dynamic testing be used to validate the strength of vehicle roof structures, instead of the current quasi-static procedure, are also addressed in this notice.

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