As personal injury lawyers helping the innocent victims of deadly car accidents throughout Florida, we are pleased to note that although Floridians are driving greater distances, car accidents resulting in wrongful deaths have drastically decreased over the past decade. According to the NHTSA this welcome decrease in deadly accidents is due to car manufacturers’ greater concern for safety.
Due to a better understanding of how to build vehicles that better protect occupants, the NHTSA concluded that over a million people have been spared serious personal injuries and more than 2000 lives have been saved. The NHTSA’s study looked at the ability of vehicles to protect their occupants from the so-called secondary impacts; that is, the occupant striking the interior portion of the vehicle.
Some examples of more crash resistant safety advances include more and improved air bags, pre-tensioning seat belts, increased vehicle crumple zones, side impact protection, additional interior padding and accident sensing head rests. We concur with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in celebrating the decline in wrongful deaths and personal injuries.