Modern vehicles are equipped with safety features that challenge science fiction. Lane departure warnings, backup cameras, smart headlights – new technologies are helping drivers avoid the most common accident scenarios.
Unfortunately, no vehicle is immune to collisions, so your car should have secondary safety features that reduce the risk of injuries and death if a wreck happens.
It’s no secret that airbags save lives. In fact, according to SaferCar.gov, frontal airbags saved more than 25,000 lives between 1987 and 2008.
Although frontal airbags are still relevant, auto manufacturers have raised the bar by introducing these three advanced restraint systems:
- Knee airbags;
- Front center airbags;
- And inflatable seat belts.
Unfortunately, seat belts and airbags cannot prevent all injuries. If you were hurt in a crash with a drunk, distracted or negligent driver, turn to The Truman Law Firm P.C. A personal-injury lawyer in Utah will help you claim compensation for lost income, medical bills and non-economic damages.
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Let’s take a closer look at three innovative airbag and restraint systems:
- Knee Airbags
According to Takata.com, knee airbags installed in the dashboard can fill the space between the vehicle occupant’s knees and the dashboard in a wreck. This will keep the occupant’s pelvis in place, thus reducing the risk of injuries to the pelvis, abdomen and lower back. Knee airbags also reduce the risk of chest injuries from the seat belt.
- Front Center Airbags
Front center airbags have been a feature on some General Motors vehicles since 2013. This system is located between the front driver’s seat and passenger seat.
According to GM, front center airbags protect the driver during passenger-side accidents when the driver is alone. They also serve as a cushion between the driver and passenger in collisions from either side.
- Inflatable Seat Belts
Seat belts may be one of the oldest vehicle safety features, but they are still vital in an accident. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adults aged 20 to 44 and teens aged 13 to 19 who died in collisions in 2014 were not wearing seat belts.
New technologies are making seat belts safer than ever. Ford claims that its inflatable seat belts will reduce chest, neck and head injuries for rear-seat passengers.
Unfortunately, these innovative technologies cannot prevent all injuries. If you were hurt due to another motorist’s negligence, contact a Utah personal-injury attorney from The Truman Law Firm P.C. Call 435-986-2222 to schedule a free initial consultation.