Reducing the Number of Car and Rollover Accidents through Various Programs and Technology

Reducing the Number of Car and Rollover Accidents through Various Programs and Technology

Sep 15

Helping maintain road safety for other motorists and pedestrians is the moral and legal obligation of all drivers all across the United States. This is why all US states make sure that those who apply for a driving license first undergo a driving education and driving test where they can learn all traffic rules and observe them. Additionally, most states require drivers to purchase auto insurance as a way to settle differences that arise when accidents occur. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, even people who have been denied coverage must receive a special proof of financial responsibility. It is a surprise to know, therefore, why the yearly number of car accidents continues to remain above five million, leaving about two million severely injured and more than 30,000 dead (2012 record shows 34,080 fatalities).

Any failure on anyone’s part can spell road disaster that may result to a severe injury or death of any motorist or pedestrian. One person running a red light, not checking their mirror, or not looking at the road for a moment too long can easily cause a dramatic car accident, serious injuries, or even fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the Department of Transportation which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, is tasked with the mission to, “Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes.” In promoting this campaign, it has launched different programs, like the Child Passenger Safety Week, the Drunk Driving National Enforcement Crackdown and fast receipt of Recall alerts through Apple devices.

Four of the top causes of car accidents, according to NHTSA, are drunk-driving, speeding, reckless driving and driver error. Though these are all drivers’ faults, there are still accidents that may be blamed on factors that lie outside the drivers’ control, such as road defects and poorly manufactured car/vehicle parts.

One type of accident that always results to a high turnout in fatalities is rollover accident. Any car can be subjected to this type of road mishap, though SUVs and vans are known to be more susceptible to it due to the vehicle’s center of gravity being farther or higher from the ground.

To make SUVs safe the static stability factor (SSF) and the electronic stability control system (ESC) which will give drivers greater control of the vehicle have been introduced by manufacturers. While the static stability factor (SSF) makes the vehicle more stable, the ESC keeps the driver from losing control of the vehicle (when it skids), by automatically applying a brake on each wheel.

Rollovers are considered more dangerous than other road accidents since these either result to severe injuries or death. The US registers about 10,000 deaths every year due to rollovers; in terms of injuries, victims can suffer from fractures, contusions, concussions, brain injuries or spinal injuries.

Though rollover accidents are frequently due to reckless lane changes and aggressive, high-speed driving, manufacturers still have a lot to answer for when these occur. The fact that SUVs have been made available on the market, consumers would naturally put their trust in the manufacturer and believe that their cars are constructed safely.

In the event that a vehicle’s design is flawed or defective, its manufacturer can be held liable for any injuries that may arise as a result of the defect. Legally speaking, it would have to pay the victims all present and future damages they will suffer from these injuries. This can be quite costly, so automakers try to do everything within their power to build safe cars. However, occasionally problems slip through the cracks and defective designs that are prone to rolling over are released. If you’re hurt as a result of a badly designed car, you may be able to contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® to help you recover the costs of your medical treatment and other damages.