A car crash can have devastating results for those who are involved. Fortunately, with the improvement of safety equipment, many people are able to escape with minor or moderate injuries when they’re hit by others.
Modern vehicles have a couple of design elements that make them safe when crashes occur. Better compartmentalization is one. With a better occupant compartment, people are more likely to be enclosed in the vehicle and to be protected in a collision. Doors are now being designed to stay closed, and stronger roofing pillars may help prevent the roof from caving in during rollover crashes.
Side-impact protection is another relatively new feature that you should look for in a vehicle. This isn’t just something like adding air bags; side-impact protection also may include side-intrusion beams and padding on the inside door panels.
Combined with seat belts and other helpful improvements, like air bags and headrests, it’s possible to prevent serious injuries in many kinds of crashes. Of course, there will always be exceptions, but if you are going to purchase a new car, one with as many safety features as you can find will be safer than older models on the whole.
Anything from front air bags to daytime running lights can make it safer for you to drive. Our website has more information on car crashes and what you can do if you are struck by another person. Hopefully, if you’re driving a vehicle with better safety equipment, your injuries won’t be severe. If they are, you still have the right to pursue a claim and to seek the compensation you need moving forward.