Articles Tagged with safety features

When thinking of muscle cars, safety is typically not the first thought. We think about speed, thrill, speed, excitement, and danger with these vehicles, and it shows.  Muscle cars have  higher insurance rates, increased scrutiny by police, and are involved in a higher proportion of collision.  People don’t think about this when buying these cars. Yet with all these risks, are car manufacturers doing all they can to preserve the riders? You would think that a type of car that experiences increased instances of high speed collisions would have beefed up safety measures to protect the driver, but do they? The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has found the leading models to be lacking.

IIHS put the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang through the crash course to stack them up against more typical cars and each other. While the Mustang outperformed the others when it came to safety, none of them were able to secure the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK. The Camaro lacks available front crash prevention system, and unexceptional roof strength. The Challenger had immediately concerning results. In the Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test, where the vehicle is crashed into a wall’s edge with a point of impact at about the driver’s side headlights, the driver’s side front wheel was pushed back into the foot well. The crash test dummy could not be extracted without removing its foot.

The takeaway from this test was that while the Mustang and Camaro achieved good results, but not exceptional, the Challenger had a severe fault in a crash test that accounts for 25% of real world frontal collisions. We all want to have some fun, and muscle cars certainly offer that, but do not forget to consider safety ratings when shopping for a performance vehicle. It could be the difference that keeps you alive to enjoy many more rides.

Obesity increases the risk of death during car crashes, a new study suggests.

In the study, obese drivers — those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 35 — were 20 percent more likely to die during a car crash compared to normal-weight individuals.

The Facts:

*Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 5 to 14.

*Children riding in the back seat of a vehicle reduce their risk of a fatal injury by 30% in cars that do not have passenger front seat airbags.

There is a perfectly logical tendency among Americans to cut back on their insurance coverage once they have paid off their cars.

It makes sense. Why continue to pay for total coverage when the overall value of the car is worth less than the cost of repairs?

But when you have your car paid off, and when you call your insurance company to cut your coverage back down to simple liability coverage, you should make sure that you still have Personal Injury Protection (PIP).

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/09/17/aa.avoiding.a.crash/

By following that link, you will be able to read an article that describes the latest in safety advances in automobiles. While we applaud any advancement in safety technology, we still can’t help but notice that the number of crashes in Virginia, Maryland and DC have remained more or less static. As DC car accident lawyers, we think that in addition to new safety features, there should also be a focus on safer driver behavior.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the DC area, contact Lewis and Tompkins for a free legal consultation today.