Car accidents are more common than many people assume. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately 1.3 million people around the world die in crashes each year. This equates to 3,287 road accident deaths every day. In the United States, 37,000 people lose their lives in car wrecks each year.

Side view of an old man at the wheel trying to hide himself from the sun with a sun visor

No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. Fortunately, modern technology may help you avoid injuries or death in a serious crash.

If you were injured by a negligent driver in Alabama, contact a Birmingham auto accident lawyer from Morris Bart. Our firm has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 legal professionals. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.

Here are six car safety features that can save your life:

  1. Airbags

Airbags save countless lives, and they can reduce the severity of injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, frontal airbags lower the risk of driver fatalities by 29 percent, and they reduce the risk of death for front passengers aged 13 and older by 30 percent. Most modern cars also come with side airbags, which further enhance the safety of drivers and passengers.

  1. Antilock Brake System

ABS will prevent a vehicle’s wheels from locking up during harsh or panicked braking. This increases the driver’s control and may help him or her steer around a hazard.

ABS is not effective at high speeds or when used incorrectly. It is important that you learn how to use ABS so you get the most out of this safety feature. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for more information.

  1. Head Rests

Head rests are not intended for comfort or aesthetics; their purpose is to prevent neck injuries. Most vehicles have certified head restraints for the driver and front seat passenger, but it is not always a requirement to have the same for back seat passengers. When you purchase your next vehicle, try to find one with certified head rests in the back seat.

  1. Traction Control

Traction control is an important feature that will prevent your wheels from slipping when you accelerate. Traction control will adjust your car’s power output and your acceleration in order to improve your control of the vehicle.

  1. Stability Control

Many new cars come standard with electronic stability control. This system will sense if the vehicle is under-steering or over-steering. It automatically applies brakes to one side in order to keep the car in a straight trajectory.

  1. All-Wheel Drive

Cars with all-wheel drive have equal power going to both the rear and front wheels. This provides greater traction and control.

If you were injured in a crash that a negligent driver caused, contact a Birmingham car accident attorney from Morris Bart. We can evaluate your collision, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.

March 8, 2016 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Safety Tips | Tags: , , ,