Ford F-250 Super Duty Rollover and Roof Crush Accidents
Ford rolled out its first F-series trucks in 1948, but the current Super Duty line didn't begin until 1999. Prior to the 1999 remodeling of these vehicles, Ford simply offered F-series trucks in a variety of sizes and capabilities. However, the current F-250 Super Duty, as Ford's latest iteration of heavy-duty truck, has proven itself a popular cross between a work-ready truck and a comfortable driving vehicle.
That being said, this model hasn't escaped many of the same dangerous flaws that plagued previous heavy-duty models and other F-series trucks.
Ford F-250 Rollover Risks
Pickup trucks in general are too tall compared to their wheel base to adequately navigate a tight turn. Even though the F-250 Super Duty is wider than most consumer trucks, the additional height of this vehicle still results in a dangerously high center of gravity. As a result, any sharp turns or sudden changes in direction may cause the vehicle to tip over. In some cases, the momentum of the heavy truck can cause it to roll multiple times before finally coming to rest.
These F-250 rollover accidents are dangerous, often leaving motorists with severe injuries to the head, neck, and spine. However, Ford as well as other SUV and pickup truck manufacturers have failed to take any significant steps to prevent these accidents.
With recalls including model years 1993, 2005, 2006, and more, the F-250 has a long history of safety concerns. Some of these issues include airbag defects, fuel line flaws, electrical system shorts, and other problems. However, besides the overall risk for rollover accidents due to the design of the F-250 Super Duty, one of the most hazardous flaws is the weak roofing structure of the truck, which can lead to massive roof collapse.
Roof Crush Dangers in Ford F-250s
Despite being a hybrid between a regular consumer truck and a heavy-duty work vehicle, the F-250 Super Duty is still a massive, weighty vehicle. Thus, when an F-250 rolls over, the incredible weight of the vehicle—over 5,000 pounds—can prove a serious safety hazard.
Should the Ford F-250 Super Duty experience a rollover accident and land on its roof, the mass of the entire vehicle weighs down on the roof support pillars of the cab. Although these pillars may be reinforced enough to support the roof during a collision, the total weight of the vehicle balancing on them after a rollover can simply overwhelm them. As a result, massive roof crush incidents can leave drivers and passengers trapped inside with even more severe injuries than originally sustained in the initial rollover.
If you or someone you love was injured in an F-250 Super Duty rollover accident or roof crush incident, we may be able to help with the process of pursuing compensation from the parties responsible for your accident. This compensation can help you cover expenses tied to medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs. To learn more about your options when facing a rollover accident lawsuit, contact the Willis Law Firm today by calling 800-883-9858.