With each year, our vehicles are coming equipped with even more safety features. One of the most effective, according to officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the electronic stability control (ESC) technology. It's so effective, that it has saved more than 2,000 lives from 2008 to 2010, according to the NHTSA.
This technology was recently mandated on all passenger vehicles and all light-duty trucks under a federal safety regulation in 2007. Now, all vehicles that were manufactured after September 1st of 2011 are required to come with this safety technology.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that many drivers rely too much on these new safety technologies. Yes, they're there to help save lives, but that doesn't mean we can take our eyes off of the road and our minds of driving. Safety should still be a priority for all drivers. What these particular systems do, ESC, is allow a computer to brake individual tires to help a driver to keep control of a vehicle that may be losing control or stability.
When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help "steer" the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.
Estimated Lives Saved from ESC:
-Nearly 650 in 2008.
-Roughly 705 in 2009.
-More than 860 in 2010.
"As more vehicles on the road are equipped with ESC in the coming years, we know the technology will save even more lives," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
This technology has been proven most effective in helping drivers to avoid rollover accidents as well as off-the-roadway accidents.
According to officials with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ESC has been found to reduce fatal single-vehicle accident risks by close to 50 percent and fatal multiple-vehicle accident risks by roughly 20 percent for cars and SUVs.
Stay on your best behavior though, as it won't prevent most of the fender-bender accidents that occur so often in stop-and-go traffic.
Consumers who are looking into purchasing a new vehicle should look into safety features. Considering vehicles with newer safety features will help to keep you safe out there, and may help to lower your insurance rates. Talk with your insurance provider today!
For more information regarding this technology, you can visit the Safe Car website. This site comes with a complete list of vehicles, manufactured from 2005 to 2010, that come with this safety technology. On this website, you're also able to search the makes and models of vehicles you're looking into purchasing. These searches will help you to get more safety-related information that could help to sway your decision.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW PC for a confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-872-5925 today!
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