Even the most cautious drivers on the road sometimes make mistakes, which is why automakers are doing all they can to lessen the chances of injury.
By implementing improved safety features in new vehicles, automakers are helping to make roadways much safer.
Here are some of the most common forms of car injuries and how automakers are preventing them:
Common Injuries Associated With Collisions
Although automakers are putting vehicle safety first, incidences still happen on the roadway.
Whether it’s a fender bender or something more severe, vehicle collisions oftentimes result in a range of injuries, including:
• Cuts and Scrapes – Many vehicle incidences result in cuts and scrapes due to broken glass and loose objects in a car that can become projectiles in the event of a collision.
• Soft Tissue Damage – Muscles, ligaments, and tendons can all be stressed and strained during a collision. The most typical soft tissue injury in a car incident is referred to as whiplash.
• Chest Injuries – There are a number of reasons chest injuries are so common in vehicle collisions. Due to the force of a collision, drivers can experience chest pain and injury due to the constriction of the seatbelt for example.
• Head Injuries – Injury to the head is also common in most vehicle collisions. Most head injuries occur in incidences where drivers and passengers neglect to wear their seatbelts.
• Arm/Leg Injuries – Depending on the severity of the impact, arm and leg injuries are oftentimes the result of a collision.
As the following article looks at, in order to take a proactive approach to whiplash injuries and the other injuries mentioned above, automakers are implementing the following safety features in their new vehicles…
Rear-end and side impact collisions are some of the most common incidences that take place on the roadway. To help drivers better avoid these types of collisions, automakers are installing predictive braking technology in new model cars, trucks, and SUVs.
This braking technology uses front bumper sensors to predict a frontal impact based on how close oncoming traffic is.
If the driver doesn’t respond, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes for the driver, which is helping to reduce fender benders and other types of head on collisions.
Side Curtain Airbags
Airbag technology has improved immensely over the past decade and now includes side curtain airbags. Curtain airbags prevent injuries that take place when drivers and passengers are thrown into the side of the vehicle’s interior.
Side airbags are released over driver and passenger doors as well as backdoors.
When used in combination with frontal airbags, side curtain airbags are reducing injuries in even the most severe vehicle collisions.
Traction control has become so helpful in preventing incidences on the roadway that it is now a standard safety feature in almost all new vehicles.
Traction control maintains vehicle traction in dangerous driving conditions, such as wet or icy roadways where hydroplaning or tire slippage is an issue.
When it comes to roadway safety, it’s plain to see that automakers are paving the way for fewer collision injuries.