If all cars were perfectly safe, Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers (as well as lawyers across the country) would be out of a job, and we probably would not mind one bit. Not only do we drive cars every day, but our own families and loved ones are passengers and drivers, too. When we go car shopping for ourselves or our children, we look for certain safety features, and we wanted to take a moment to share these features with you.
Modern cars have come a long way from even a few decades ago. Better seat belts, crumple zones, and braking systems are just a few of the many areas that have seen exponential improvement in safety features. When shopping for a car in today’s market, the safety features that you will hopefully never have to use are even more important than the features that you will use every day.
When you head to the dealership, know that there are two primary types of safety features that are responsible for both active and passive safety.
- Active safety refers to the features that allow a car to avoid an accident, such as anti-lock brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
- Passive safety refers to the features that protect the car’s occupants during a crash. These safety features are what you normally think of when it comes to car safety, such as seat belts and airbags.
While you hope to never need these features in a vehicle you are buying, safety remains the one area where you cannot skimp or try to cut costs. Both passive and active safety features are incredibly important, and you will need to research what different makes and models offer in this category.
If you were recently involved in a D.C.-area car accident and need help, call the Bethesda auto accident lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins today at 202.296.0666 for answers on how to get your case moving forward.