Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Safety Advances Save LivesJune 16, 2017
Car manufacturers invest a great deal of time and money to make sure that their new cars are equipped with the latest safety technology. From tire pressure monitoring and adaptive cruise control, to rearview cameras and collision mitigation systems, today’s cars are much safer than models from 20 years ago. With new technologies such as self-driving cars on the horizon, the cars of the future will likely be much safer than the vehicles we drive today. That said, if you have been the victim of a serious car accident, you may wonder whether these advancements really make a difference. According to a test that compared a 1998 Toyota Corolla to a 2015 Corolla, the benefits of safety advances in car technology are quite clear.
The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) organized the test, the goal of which was to demonstrate how devastating a wreck could be for the occupant of an outdated vehicle. The test took place in a staged area where a 1998 Toyota Corolla hatchback and a 2015 Toyota Auris hatchback crash into each other head-on, traveling at a speed of 40 mph. The 1998 model had no airbags, and the front end of the vehicle crumbled upon impact. If there had been a driver inside, he or she would have likely died upon impact. The 2015 model had both front and side airbags that are effective at absorbing much of the impact. It also had crumple zones that strategically collapse in a way that eliminates as much force from the crash as possible.
Based on this isolated example, the safety advancements in today’s vehicles have made a huge impact on survival rates for people involved in car accidents. In fact, according to AA New Zealand, you are twice as likely to be fatally injured in a car accident if you are driving a vehicle that was built before the year 2000. While it may seem obvious to urge people to always buy the safest car that they can afford, may potential buyers are drawn to other features like leather seats, upgrades to the sound system, or larger wheels. Of course, it is the safety technology that can save the occupant’s life in the event of a serious car accident, not the leather seats.
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