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How Do I Know If My Car is Crashworthy?

The Benefits of a Crashworthy Vehicle

"Crashworthy" means that a car has the ability to protect occupants from severe injury or death. Many components make up a car’s crashworthiness. Here’s what you need to know.

What Determines a Car’s Crashworthiness?

Sadly, there is no foolproof way to avoid a car crash entirely. Even vehicles that are rated the safest still have the risk of being involved in a car accident. However, some features can significantly reduce the risk of a severe injury or death. To determine if a vehicle is considered crashworthy, it’s critical to look at its overall design and other features that contribute to overall safety.

Safety Features and Systems

Thankfully, the last few decades of vehicle safety enhancements have contributed to a car’s crashworthiness and have saved lives. Here are some examples:

  • Crumple zones reduce the force of impact to keep passengers from sustaining severe injuries.

  • Seat belts save lives, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), buckling up can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 50%.

  • Seat placement is vital to prevent occupants from ejecting from the vehicle.

  • Energy distribution design is a critical part of a vehicle’s construction to reduce the force of a crash.

All of the above features must work together for optimal safety and occupant protection. When one part fails, it can negatively affect the safety performance of the others.

How to Get Help After a Car Crash

From healing from your injuries to battling medical costs, the aftermath of being involved in a car crash can be extremely taxing both physically and financially. Know that you are not alone and that there is help available.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, we are here for you. Our experienced attorneys are here to protect your rights and hold the negligent parties accountable for their careless actions. Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC is here to support you through a difficult time.

Learn how we may assist you by calling (502) 242-8872 today.

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