Chicago Roof Crush Auto Accident Attorneys
Representing Clients throughout Illinois with Roof Crush Auto Accident Cases
A roof crush most frequently occurs in rollover accidents. Roof crushes occur when the roof supports of a car or SUV are not strong enough to withstand the force and weight of the vehicle in an accident. Roof crushes can result in serious head, neck and spinal cord injuries.
Accidents involving a roof crush involve complex legal issues, with multiple causes of action, including a possible negligence claim against another motorist and a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer. At Ankin Law, our team of Chicago auto accident attorneys will closely examine the circumstances of your roof crush accident to determine whether the other driver and/or the vehicle manufacturer could be liable for your injuries.
Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago roof crush attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and remedies following a rollover accident involving a roof crush.
Rollover accidents involving a roof crush are often caused by the negligence on the part of another motorist. If you are the victim of another driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover for your injuries and/or damages in an auto accident lawsuit. A motorist who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any injuries or damages if the plaintiff can prove (1) that the defendant was negligent, (2) that the negligence was a proximate cause of the accident, and (3) that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
Product Liability Claims
Product liability laws are meant to protect the public from dangerous and defective products, including design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects. The specific elements of a product liability claim involve complex, complicated legal issues. In the case of motor vehicle product liability laws, it is often difficult to determine the actual cause of the defect. Accordingly, it is important to rely on an experienced Illinois motor vehicle product liability attorney in order to pursue your claim.
A product liability claim, including an auto defect claim, can be based on any one of the following theories, all of which require that the plaintiff prove that the car’s defect caused the plaintiff’s injuries:
- Negligence – The alleged responsible party knew of or reasonably should have known of the product’s defect and failed to satisfy its duty to protect the consumer and/or the public.
- Strict Liability – In Illinois, auto manufacturers and dealerships may be responsible for injuries caused by defective automobiles if (1) the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous for its intended purpose; (2) the defect existed when the product left the vehicle manufacturer; and (3) the defective vehicle caused the plaintiff’s injury.
- Breach of Warranty – The auto manufacturer or dealership violated a written or implied warranty guaranteeing a product free from defects.
Three types of defects may be claimed in a motor vehicle product liability case, including:
- Design Defects – Design mistakes rendered the product dangerous when used as intended or for another foreseeable purpose.
- Manufacturing Defects – Mistakes in the manufacturing process made the product dangerous.
- Marketing Defects – The product was not properly labeled with instructions or warnings to ensure safe usage.
Auto accidents involving a roof crush can present complex liability issues. Contact Ankin Law at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago roof crush attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and remedies following a rollover accident involving a roof crush.