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Did You Choose a Safe Car?


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1/6/2012
Brent Adams
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A Craven County car accident recently involved a Chevy Impala and a Nissan truck. The Chevy driver, Angela Talton, drove across the center lane and hit the truck head-on. Everyone has survived the car accident, but with injuries. Everyone is concerned about safety, but who makes it a priority when buying a car?


When someone buys a car or truck they usually look for a specific function and style. Families need to seat a larger number of people. Construction workers need to carry materials to job sites. Does anyone go looking for a car based on the “roof strength-to-weight ratio”? Parents of teenagers should have this as a top priority since the leading cause of death for teens is motor vehicle accidents. What can you do to make sure you and your family are driving a safe car, truck, mini-van or SUV?

 

  • Vehicle crash safety protection reports are available through non-profit, independent organizations like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS shows comparisons of “test dummies” scores in various impact tests. They focus on reducing the number of deaths, injuries and property damages in car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also releases reports on crash test scores.
  • One feature found in vehicles that significantly reduces the risk of an accident is Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC runs on sensors in the car that monitor the direction of the vehicle and the direction the driver is moving the vehicle. The sensors are able to detect if a skid is starting or in process and will take over the braking system by alternating certain tires to correct the direction of the vehicle. A government study showed that ESC reduced single-vehicle crashes by more than a third in cars and more than half for SUVs.

If you were involved in a car accident that was a result of another driver’s negligence and you now suffer injuries related to the car wreck, our auto accident attorneys in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn will review your injury claim. Brent Adams & Associates is a team of car accident lawyers who represent innocent injured car wreck victims across North Carolina. Lost wages, medical bills, property damage and long-term pain management expenses are all compensatory damages if you were involved in a car accident that was no fault of your own. Contact our NC car accident attorneys at 877.BRENT.ADAMS.

 



Category: Car Accidents


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