Understanding Crumple Zones and Collision Impact
Just like every car is equipped with seatbelts and airbags, crumple zones are one of the essential safety features that came as part of your vehicle construction. Crumple zones, also known as crush zones, are designed to protect you and your passengers inside the vehicle in the event of an accident. Here’s how crumple zones work.
Where are Crumple Zones Located?
Crumple zones are typically located in the front and rear of a vehicle, and it’s designed to crumple or crush upon the impact of a powerful force. Crumple zones transfer some of the vehicle’s kinetic energy into a controlled crumpling upon impact while preserving the integrity of the passenger cabin.
The crumpling slows down the vehicle before it comes to a stop, which essentially reduces the impact force. Although your car may be heavily damaged, it can prevent you and your passengers from sustaining severe injuries.
How To Stay Protected in a Car Crash
Crumple zones are just one of many features that help to keep you and your passengers safe. To be sure you have optimal protection, remember to do the following before heading out on the road:
- Always wear your seat belt - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that utilizing a seat belt can cut your risk of sustaining a fatal injury by 50%.
- Don’t sit too close to the steering wheel - To avoid rib fractures and soft tissue injuries; it’s critical to put a safe distance between you and your steering wheel.
- Store loose items in your trunk or glove compartment - In the event of a collision, items like laptops and navigation devices can be projectiles in a crash. If something hits you or your passengers, it can cause a severe injury.
Injured in a Motor Vehicle Crash? We Can Help.
Being involved in a car accident is a devastating experience. After sustaining severe injuries, the recovery process is painful and difficult. On top of healing from your injuries, medical expenses and lost time at work can also pose financial stresses on you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our experienced attorneys are here to protect your rights and hold the negligent parties accountable for causing your injuries. Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC is here to support you through a difficult time.
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