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New Safety Features Aim to Keep Drivers Safe in Crashes

Published February 9, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

We previously reported that SUV makers redesigned their vehicles to lessen the impact of crashes with other smaller cars. Apparently, that is just one change automakers have been focusing on as they aim to keep drivers and their passengers safer. Car designs unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show revealed that car makers haven’t slowed down when it comes to adding features, and their innovations have far exceeded the public’s expectations.

Our Binghamton auto accident attorneys encourage New York residents to look closely at vehicle safety ratings when selecting your next automobile. Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe is critical when driving NY roads.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates all vehicles for crashworthiness, or how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash, each year. The ratings are based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Information on auto ratings can be found on the Institute’s website.

“New technologies and safety and fuel economy concerns have accelerated automakers’ innovation into hyperdrive,” according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Airbags were one of the key safety features that reached a new standard this year – ten airbags are now offered in some vehicles. In addition to standard driver and front seat airbags, knee air bags, thorax-protecting bags for front and rear seats, inflatable shoulder belts, and center-mounted front-seat airbags to keep passengers from colliding with each other have all been designed.

Carmakers have also begun adding technology aimed at limiting distraction of drivers through their cell phone use. Hands-free and voice- activation features are all being added by Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Toyota, according to the Tribune.

Additional features included smaller engines to improve fuel efficiency, and “auto stop,” that shuts the engine off at traffic lights and “imperceptibly restarts” the vehicle when the accelerator is depressed. Auto stop is also designed to reduce fuel consumption.

“The days when automakers believed safety systems don’t help sell cars are gone,” notes the article.

In 2010, New York saw 315,377 total vehicle accidents, with 1,192 fatalities and 187,566 persons injured. The NY accident statistics further show that 139 of those fatally injured did not use any form of safety restraint. In 4,094 of the accidents, at least one airbag deployed. 100 of the fatal accidents had airbags deploy.

Our NY accident attorneys encourage automakers to continue to innovate safety improvements in vehicles. We also urge drivers and passengers to take advantage of these features and to always wear your safety belts and keep the airbags on. Please eliminate distractions and put down your cell phone while driving and do your part in making our NY roadways safe.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a careless or negligent driver in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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