Rollover Accident Attorneys

Cars built or designed with defects can kill.


Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 rollover accidents occur. In these rollover crashes, approximately 10,000 people are killed and more than 17,000 people suffer catastrophic injuries. Tragically, many of these rollover crashes are caused by vehicles, or vehicle components, that were defectively designed or built.

Rollover crashes can be caused by vehicles designed with poor stability or a high center of gravity or because a defective tire fails causing a driver to lose control.

Even when a rollover crash couldn’t have been prevented, how severely people are injured in a rollover crash can be worsened by mistakes in how a vehicle was designed or built. During a rollover, a roof built too weakly can cause severe head or spinal injuries. Malfunctioning seatbelts can allow occupants to violently impact the vehicle interior. Badly designed door latches and windows can allow ejection or other traumatic impact with objects outside the rolling vehicle.

At the end of the day, proper vehicle design and good manufacturing techniques would prevent many rollover crashes from ever occurring and lessen the likelihood of serious injury in those crashes that are unavoidable. But car manufacturers repeatedly put profits over safety.

Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel, LLP, rose to national prominence when we obtained a verdict against American Motors Corporation (AMC) in a fatal rollover accident case involving the Jeep CJ-5. We proved that AMC knew that they had defectively designed their vehicle with a high center of gravity and narrow track width which caused the vehicle to rollover during normal expected road maneuvering.

The verdict against AMC was the largest verdict rendered against the manufacturer at the time. It was also one of the first verdicts rendered against AMC that eventually led the company to halt production of the CJ-5 and CJ-7. As a result, Jeep redesigned its vehicles with a much safer lower center of gravity and wider track width–changes that no doubt saved lives.


We show they can be safer.


  • Using our team of expert accident reconstructionists and engineers, we investigate whether a rollover was caused by a defectively designed or defectively manufactured vehicle.
  • We determine what changes to the vehicle could have prevented the crash, or what changes could have prevented the injuries from occurring.
  • We present that evidence showing the design or manufacturing changes necessary to make the vehicle safe were reasonable and could have been done.
  • We help you and your family get the assistance you need until your case is resolved.

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Representing people injured in rollover crashes is what we do.

Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel, LLP, has obtained more than $600 million for our clients–including clients injured in rollover crashes. We have built a reputation of handling the most complex and high stakes personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injury, permanent disability, disfigurement or wrongful death.

You don’t have to take our word for it: our attorneys have been awarded positions in key peer-reviewed organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocates, Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers Association, AVVO and Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s largest independent attorney rating service.

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