If you are purchasing a vehicle, safety should be your top priority. A fast, compact car might be fun to drive, but that excitement won’t protect you from injuries if an accident happens.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33,804 people died on the road in 2014. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the vehicles had been equipped with the appropriate safety features.
You may not be able to afford the latest safety innovations, but you should look for a vehicle with these six features:
- Head Injury Protection;
- Antilock Brake System;
- All-Wheel Drive;
- Traction Control; and
- Electronic Stability Control.
Unfortunately, even the safest cars are not immune to collisions. If you were hurt by a negligent motorist in Louisiana, contact a Lafayette auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC.
You may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at six automotive safety features that could save your life:
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, frontal airbags have saved at least 39,886 lives since 2013. They prevent brain trauma by stopping the head from impacting the steering wheel, dashboard or side window.
- Head Injury Protection
All modern cars have impact-absorbing material under their headrests’ upholstery, but only some have airbags for the head. These offer added protection against brain injuries in the event of an accident.
- Antilock Brake System
If you slam your vehicle’s brakes, the ABS system will prevent your wheels from locking. This will help you maintain control. Some of these systems include brake assist, which calculates the speed and force of braking in an emergency and activates the ABS faster.
- All-Wheel Drive
Cars with all-wheel drive have better traction than those with front- or rear-wheel drive because the system distributes power to all wheels. If used in combination with traction control, all-wheel drive can prevent slippage when applying too much power during sudden acceleration.
- Traction Control
A traction control system will stabilize your vehicle if you accelerate too quickly. It controls how much the drive wheels are able to slip in these situations, usually by automatically adjusting engine power output and possibly applying the brakes. This feature is common in cars with four-wheel ABS.
- Electronic Stability Control
ESC helps you maintain control if you suddenly need to steer sharply. If you over- or under-steer, electronic stability control automatically applies the brake to the relevant wheel. ESC can prevent you from veering off the road, hitting curbs and other objects, and rolling over.
If you were injured in crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette auto accident attorney will evaluate your case, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.