The safety features on our vehicles are growing more advanced with each passing year. Researchers are even working on vehicles that can seemingly drive themselves. Until we get there, we’re provided with technology that helps to keep us out of car accidents. One of the most beneficial of these technologies is the electronic stability control technology. According to officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this is one of the safest technologies and it has helped to save thousands of lives. At last look, ESC helped to save the lives of more than 2,200 motorists between 2008 and 2010 alone!
Back in 2007, this technology was mandated on all passenger vehicles as well as on all light-duty trucks. This is a requirement that has been phased in through the years. Now, it applies to all light vehicles that were manufactured on or after September of last year.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that it’s these technologies that are helping to save lives, but they’re also working to take driver’s attention off of the road. We’re not saying that drivers are doing other things behind the wheel, we’re just saying that many of them feel the need to no longer keep 100 percent of their attention on the wheel. The new technologies almost give drivers a false sense of security, helping them to believe that when they fail, their car will ultimately step in and save the day. It’s important that drivers work along with this technology to make our roadways as safe as possible.
“These numbers send a clear message about this technology’s life-saving potential,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
What these systems do is they step in to stop your vehicle and helps the driver to keep control of it when it they start to lose directional control or any kind of stability. There are kinds of technologies that help to keep you safe, but you still need to be on your best behavior.
Lives ESC has Saved:
-More than 600 in 2008.
-More than 700 in 2009.
-More than 850 in 2010.
This technology is most effective in helping to keep drivers safe and helping them from completely running off of the roadway. It’s also highly effective in helping drivers to avoid fatal rollover accidents — which are some of the most deadly car accidents out there.
If you’re looking into purchasing a new vehicle, you’re encouraged to go after a vehicle that comes equipped with this technology and other kinds of safety technologies. It’s important to remember that this is not a substitute for safe driving habits either!
For more information regarding this technology on vehicles you own or you’re looking at for purchase, you can check the Safe Car website. It contains a list of model year 2005 to 2010 with their safety features that you’re going to benefit from.
If your or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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