Illinois Car Accident Attorney Hopeful About New Federal Roll-Over Standards

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Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says additional regulations may be needed to eliminate design flaws causing roll-over accidents.

Patrick A. Salvi

As this rule is being implemented, we look forward with the same hope to the auto industry itself working on additional features to make car occupants safer in car accidents, like electronic stability control and roof crush standards.

An Illinois car accident attorney this week applauded new rules aimed at reducing roll-overs in automobile crashes and suggested additional regulation could be necessary to correct poor automobile safety design.

“We certainly are hopeful that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s newly announced standards will result in fewer adults ejected from vehicles during roll-over crashes, and thereby save hundreds of lives, as the DOT expects,” said Patrick A. Salvi, managing equity partner of the Illinois personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., which represents car accident victims throughout Chicago, Cook County, Lake County and elsewhere in Illinois.

“As this rule is being implemented, we look forward with the same hope to the auto industry itself working on additional features to make car occupants safer in car accidents, like electronic stability control and roof crush standards,” Salvi says.

The new rule, issued by the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, requires vehicle manufacturers to develop a countermeasure for passenger vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds that prevents “the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past a side window opening in the event of a crash.”

The design is to be phased in, starting in 2012. All new cars will need to have the safety measure by model year 2018.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland predicted the standard would prevent an average of 373 fatalities and 476 serious injuries in car accidents every year.

“Accidents in which SUVs and vans roll over, and the occupants are killed or maimed because of it, are far too common. And these roll-overs are often the result of the vehicles’ design,” said Salvi, whose firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients injured in Illinois car accidents.

“At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, we believe firmly that these design flaws can be corrected, and if manufacturers won’t make it happen, we say government should, and the sooner the better,” he said.
Salvi, a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, said personal injury attorneys should speak out as advocates for safety.

“We will continue to stand up for those who have been injured in Illinois car accidents and make sure they receive the compensation they are due,” Salvi said, “but what we really want to see is fewer people needlessly hurt.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car accidents, truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $585 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 160 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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