It is an unfortunate reality that those who travel in cars are likely to suffer an accident at some point in their driving life – whether it is their fault or another road user’s. Even if you are the most careful driver in the world, there will always be someone who is less careful and can compromise yours and their safety and it is important that all road users are prepared for this.
Car Safety Features
Car designers and manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that damage to the car and its passengers are minimal if an accident occurs and the development of safety features in modern cars has been a major factor in their design. As technology improves and we get a better understanding of accidents, the weak points and how they affect the car and its passengers, car developers have been continually adding and improving safety features.
- Seat belts are designed to absorb shock and stop passengers from being thrown from the car. A three point seatbelt is much more effective than a two point belt, and also much less likely to cause injury itself.
- Air bags are also designed to absorb shock and provide a softer landing pad for heads when they are thrown forward or to the side during an impact.
- Designers put in crumple zones – where the body of the car will crumple to absorb the shock and avoid nasty pieces of metal flying about by controlling the manor that the body crumples.
- Headrests are designed to protect the head and neck from severe whiplash. They should be height adjustable – it should be put at eye level and as close to the back of the head as possible for the best effect.
- Safety cages will stop the body of the car crumpling in on the passengers, meaning a possibility of less weight on the body and more space inside – so the car is easier to get out of. Side doors should be reinforced and even the design of your seats can have an impact.
- Anti-Lock braking systems will stop the breaks from locking and the car from skidding, and the more friction that there is between the tyres and the road, the quicker the car will slow down.
- Traction control prevents skidding whilst accelerating, which means that a car can escape quickly from a dangerous situation.
In addition to these basic safety features, car designers also try to reduce the amount of distractions that there can be for drivers. Distractions are one of the main causes for accidents, and probably one of the most easily avoided causes of accidents, so these devices are extremely important. Some of these devices include:
- Hands free telephone apparatus
- Electric Windows
- Paddle controls for the stereo, air-conditioning
- Cruise control to avoid speeding
- Adjustable seats for more comfort
- Easy to see Satnav with vocal instructions
With all of this protection, you are much less likely to suffer serious injury from an accident – which, unfortunately you cannot always avoid. It is imperative that you have car insurance should you have any sort of accident – whether it’s your fault or not. In fact, it’s a legal requirement.
If you do happen to suffer an accident and have been injured as a result of the action of another person, you may want to seek compensation for the expenses that you have incurred, as well as the pain and discomfort and potential future problems that you may have. If you think that you are entitled to some sort of compensation, please get in touch with us for more information.