Crashworthiness: Roof Crush

Crashworthiness and Roof Crush Lawyers in NYC

Defective Auto Parts Attorneys Help New York Car Accident Victims Seek Compensation

The crashworthiness attorneys of the New York City law firm of Proner & Proner know all too well about the devastating effects of defective automobiles that are not sufficiently crashworthy. Far too often, such a vehicle can cause a phenomenon called “roof crush” during a rollover incident, which can have deadly consequences. In the pursuit of justice for the victims in rollover-related car accidents, our NYC personal injury attorneys have prosecuted numerous crashworthiness lawsuits in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx, NY.

But just what is crashworthiness?

Crashworthiness is a motor vehicle’s ability to protect car passengers after the impact of an accidental collision. Many car manufacturers are required by law to implement batteries of tests to ensure that a car meets required crashworthiness standards prior to being placed on the open market. Not following these regulations can greatly impact the safety of drivers and vehicle occupants.

The Sobering Statistics

Approximately 250,000 rollover crashes occur each year in the U.S. alone. In 2003, a little less than 4,500 people suffered injuries or were killed in SUV rollovers. This is because top-heavy SUVs are three times more likely than a car to flip after an accident, even in congested city streets. During a rollover, a roof crush can cave in and kill the occupants of the vehicle. Experts even indicate that many ejection deaths occur in roof crush car accidents.

New York and Federal Auto Safety Regulations

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216, which was codified in 1973, exempts SUVs from certain testing due to their weight. This greatly compromised crashworthiness standards for these types of vehicles. Laws have been revised to make car manufacturers accountable when it comes to rollover-related roof crush incidents and crashworthiness, but this change came too late for those harmed due to lowered safety standards.

That is why individuals who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to manufacturer’s defects can find legal remedy through the knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Proner & Proner in New York City. Car accidents are devastating enough without having to deal with the emotional fallout that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones suffered injuries that were preventable.

This is why crashworthiness lawsuits are important—they send a clear message to car manufacturers that the manufacturers will be held accountable when their defective automobiles cause injuries or kill people we care about.

The right car accident lawyers can make or break your case. So, if you need experienced crashworthiness attorneys in Manhattan or elsewhere in New York, call the law office of Proner & Proner for assistance.

Who Can Protect You After a Roof Crush Incident in New York?

Product liability cases are hard to prosecute, as one has to first prove that the maker of the item in question was negligent or failed to observe governmental regulations. In regard to the lack of crashworthiness, culpability may be a little bit clearer, but this doesn’t mean that the case is cut and dry.

Highly qualified motor vehicle accident lawyers such as those at Proner & Proner will do everything in their power to prove your case and help you win big. With the help of investigators and reconstructionists who understand the nature of car accidents, we’ll solidify your case and make it unequivocally clear who is responsible for your auto accident injuries.

When it comes to the aftermath of a fatal crashworthiness-related car wreck, our attorneys in Manhattan will employ all the tools of jurisprudence needed to ensure that you obtain monetary damages for your loss. This can be especially critical if the accident victim was a sole wage earner.

Contact Our NYC Crashworthiness Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation

Roof crush lawsuits shouldn’t be placed in the hands of novice car accident lawyers. Our crashworthiness attorneys in New York City provide expert legal representation for victims of car accidents. Contact Proner & Proner today to schedule a free consultation.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.