June 20, 2014

Convertible Car Crashes: The Additional Dangers

It is summertime, and many individuals are putting the tops down on their convertible vehicles and cruising the highways. These cars may be “cool,” but they come with added safety hazards that could result in serious injury or even death if an accident should occur.

Even when the soft top is up, these roofs do not provide a lot of protection in the event of a rollover accident. Passengers in a convertible that is involved in a rollover have a much higher likelihood of suffering life-threatening injuries. If you own a convertible car, keep in mind that seatbelts are essential. In a violent crash, that seatbelt may be the only thing that keeps you from being ejected from the car because of the absence of a roof.

Rollover instances with passenger cars are relatively rare, and a convertible is normally designed with a lower center of gravity to provide an added degree of protection. Many convertibles also have metal bars that deploy from behind the rear seats to protect passengers in the event of a rollover.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, some of the dangers of convertible cars are simply inherent. Convertibles will be less crashworthy than the exact same model with a hard top because convertibles do not have the same passenger safety cage.

If you want more information about convertible accidents, or if you have been involved in a car accident and would like to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident, don’t hesitate to contact our team of New Jersey Accident lawyers at the firm for more information. At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we can aggressively litigate on your behalf in a convertible car collision case or any type of serious accident. Talk with our team of experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers today by calling (973) 920-7900.

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