Car safety technology has advanced considerably since the earliest models of automobiles were created. In the early 1900s when the Ford Model-T came into existence, there was not much thought put into the probability the vehicle would be involved in a crash, thus safety standards were low or nonexistent.
Still years later, the interior of popular cars seemed to be designed with aesthetics in mind over the safety of their occupants. According to data from the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 1966, the United States saw almost 51,000 fatalities due to auto accidents, while in 2012 the numbers have dropped considerably to just over 25,000 fatalities.
Much of this decrease in automobile-related deaths can be attributed to the invention, promotion and use of different types of safety devices that cars have been fitted with over the years. Step into a 2013 model vehicle and you are likely to see standard safety features like airbags, 3-point seatbelts, anti-lock breaking systems and even automatic parking capabilities, all of which serve one purpose: to keep the vehicle’s occupants safe.
However, accidents happen—have you become the victim in an auto accident that was not your fault?
The attorneys of The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm realize that safety devices, although helpful, cannot prevent a crash when a driver is behaving recklessly behind the wheel. We believe that if another driver’s negligence caused your auto accident you have the right to justice, and you may be entitled to compensation because of the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the crash.
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Car Safety through the Years
You may hear the consensus that cars aren’t made the way they used to be, but this is an unfortunate and uninformed mentality when it comes to the safety of our automobiles. The advancements in car safety devices through the years are substantial, and when the data is examined it’s clear that safety devices, when used properly and consistently, do save lives on a daily basis.
The following are some of the most notable auto safety devices throughout history:
- The Seatbelt: Debuted in 1959 by Volvo in their Amazon and PV544 models, the 3-point lap/sash seatbelt revolutionized the idea of car safety. After the seatbelt became mandatory in 1968 there was a 50% overall decrease in drivers who were admitted to the hospital after a crash.
- Structure of the Vehicle: The car’s body is designed to absorb the shock of an accident throughout its structure, rather than allowing the force to impact a single weak part of the car. Rigid “cells” were designed to offer added stability to the separate compartments for driver and passenger. “Crumple zones” are designed to absorb impact by deforming in a predictable and specific way while the cells maintain their rigidity and keep occupants safe.
- Airbags: Airbags were optional until the early 1970s when data made it apparent that they reduce the amount of injuries in auto accidents. The NHTSA estimates that the advent of airbags has saved approximately 8,369 lives from 1975 to 2001.
Many of the safety features we have come to know as standard are simply taken for granted. It is easy to ignore the thought that vehicles 50 years ago had none of these life-saving devices, and instead were outfitted with sharp edges on the dash, thin and hard steering wheels, and seats that were flat and unsupportive.
Regardless of the safety devices a vehicle is equipped with, however, it is still very possible to be seriously injured or even killed in an auto accident, and if you or a loved one experienced the physical pain and mental anguish that a car crash can bring, seek legal representation immediately.
Common Types of Vehicle Safety Devices
Safety devices can now be categorized as either active or passive, which is determined by their function in either preventing an accident from occurring or protecting the occupants in the event one already has, respectively.
The following features are some of the most common modern day car safety features seen in vehicles:
- Adaptive cruise control systems
- Adaptive headlight control
- Airbag systems
- Anti-lock breaking systems
- Automated parking systems
- Automatic braking systems
- Backup cameras
- Cargo barrier systems
- Electronic brake force distribution systems
- Emergency braking assistance
- Laminated windshields
- Lane departure warnings
- Pedestrian airbags
- Pre-crash systems
- Reverse backup sensors
- Seatbelt systems
- Stability control systems
- Traction control systems
Following an accident, if you or a loved one was harmed reaching out to an experienced auto accident attorney can be the best course of action to ensure that your voice is heard in court and that the negligent party’s behavior is no excused at your expense.
At the Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm we have proven results and will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation for your damages lawsuit.
Contacting Our Auto Accident Attorneys
The legal team of Tapella & Eberspacher understands that auto accidents can cause damage beyond the victims’ physical suffering, and that reckless and negligent behavior will continue on Illinois roadways until the responsible parties understand that their actions caused your pain and suffering.
We are proud to represent the victims of auto accidents and to protect their rights during trying times. Our attorneys have the passion and knowledge to competently represent you or your loved one in court, and we want to help you fight for the MAXIMUM compensation for your auto accident.
With offices in Charleston and O’Fallon, IL, as well as an office in St. Louis, MO, Tapella & Eberspacher, are proud to serve the following areas:
…and most other surrounding areas.
To learn more about our law firm, or to schedule your free no-obligation case review, our attorneys welcome you to contact us at (855) 522-5291 where a member of our intake team will gather information regarding your auto accident case and quickly connect you with one of our caring attorneys.