Accident Avoidance and Protection Systems
As you drive along at night, your car’s adaptive headlight system adjusts to provide you with the best possible illumination of the road in front of you – without blinding other drivers. When the system detects oncoming traffic, it automatically switches to low beams, then back to high beams when the road ahead clears. Automobile safety engineers continue to work on and improve safety systems for vehicles. These engineers work on designing and constructing systems that will prevent crashes and protect the vehicle’s occupants.
Advancements in technology are generating creative new ways to assist drivers in avoiding accidents. If the technology helps to avoid crashes, that is considered to be an active safety measure. However, if the system is not designed to prevent accidents, but rather to protect the occupants of a car when it crashes, then it is a passive safety measure. Because it is unlikely that car crashes will ever be entirely eliminated, both types of safety systems are important for saving lives.
ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS
There is a slew of active safety systems that are deployed in many vehicles. Some have been around for a number of years, such as antilock braking systems, while others are cutting edge technology, such as automated parking systems and adaptive headlight systems. Such systems include:
- Infrared night systems
- Automatic braking systems
- Obstacle detection sensors
- Fatigue detection systems
- Reverse sensors and cameras
PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS
The purpose of passive safety systems is to shield the driver and passengers from harm when an accident occurs. Seatbelts and airbags are the most obvious forms of passive safety components in cars. Engineers have been hard at work creating the best use of space in a car to protect its inhabitants, which has been coined as “life space”. Crumple zones and stronger body structures for cars and other vehicles have also made them safer. Even the design of head rest in vehicles is being used to help protect passengers in crashes.
WHERE CAN I FIND A CAR’S SAFETY RATINGS?
There are several agencies that test car safety. Two of these are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NFTSA”). The IIHS provides safety information on testing for individual cars. By visiting their website, you can view their “top safety pick” choices, as well as the cars that did not earn that distinction.
The NFTSA utilizes a five-star safety rating system to rank various cars. Nearly 90% of new car models this year were rated under this system. Their website also contains information about crash avoidance technologies.
CAR ACCIDENTS STILL OCCUR
Even with the advancements in technology, over 30,000 people die every year in car accidents. Nearly two and a half million people were injured in automobile crashes last year. If you have been injured in a car crash, then you want an experienced Florida auto accident attorney on your side. You want to find an attorney who is passionate about representing clients involved in car accidents. A good Florida automobile accident lawyer will help to ensure that you get meaningful compensation for your injuries.