automobile accident statistics can be disturbing. American deaths in
automobiles crashes reach over 30,000 annually. Worldwide, the numbers are
almost unimaginable. Every year, over 1.25 million people die in car accidents.
In addition, it is estimated that another 20 to 50 million people are injured
or disabled across the globe. This, in spite of an increasing array of safety
features available for cars each year. It begs the question then, how effective
is automobile safety equipment?
US Deaths from Car Accidents
number of deaths in car crashes in the U.S. is alarming, its general trajectory
is downward. This, in spite of the fact that there are more cars on the road
than ever. For example, in 1937 the number of automobile related accidental
deaths was about 37,800. In 2018, that number was about 36,500. In fact,
automobile related deaths reached over 40,000 annually from 1963 through 1992,
peaking over 50,000 several times throughout that period. It has remained below
40,000 since 2007.
can assume then that safety equipment is having a positive effect. But what are
the most effective elements?
Belts and Harnesses
little doubt seat belts and harnesses are effective in limiting car accident
injuries and deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seat belts
have been shown to reduce the deaths of front-seat passengers by 45%. It is
estimated the risk of serious injury can be reduced by 50% by wearing harnesses
and belts. In addition, those not wearing a seat belt may be 30 times more
likely to be ejected from a car during a crash. Since becoming standard
equipment in cars in the United States in the fifties, cars have become safer.
Technology and Safety
are an abundance of technological advances that are making cars increasingly
safer. In addition, having some of these features on your next vehicle may
actually save you on your car insurance premiums.
safety options to seriously consider include:
Cruise Control (ACC) that will adjust according to the amount of traffic and
the speed of traffic you are traveling with.
Emergency Braking (AEB) that will slow your vehicle if you do not take timely
steps when warned of a rapidly slowing or stopped vehicle in front of you.
A Lane Keep
Assist or Lane Departure Warning will alert driver should they begin to drift
out of their lane without using a turn signal.
A Rear View
Safety Camera will provide a clearer, sharper image of the road behind you when
your car is in reverse, providing a lower point of view than a car’s mirror.
haven’t test driven a new car in years, you may be absolutely amazed at the
modern technology available to make travel more convenient, comfortable, and
car is technologically advanced or decades old, you’ll still want the best
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