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Choosing a Safe Car: The Ten Safety Features Most Likely To Save Your Life

Are you considering a new car? There’s a multitude of features available ranging from a night vision camera, to back-up sensors, to voice activation. Of course, all these features come with a price. Which safety features are the most important?

Atlanta accident injury attorney Shane Smith suggests the following safety features to protect you and your family in the event of a Georgia car crash.

  1. Seat Belts: Seat belts saved an estimated 12,713 lives in 2009. They keep the passenger from crashing into the dashboard, windshield, or steering column. Other safety features, including airbags, are designed to be used with seat belts. When seat belts aren’t worn, these features lose their effectiveness. Always buckle up.
  2. Airbags: Airbags work with seat belts to protect occupants in a crash. The first airbags deployed with high force and were made of stiff copper fabric. They often caused injuries. Newer airbags are made of a softer fabric and the force of deployment adjusts to the force of the crash.
  3. Side-Curtain Airbags: These protect the heads and chests of passengers during side-impact crashes. The NHTSA estimates that 700 to 1,000 lives would be saved every year if all cars were equipped with side-curtain air bags.
  4. ABS Anti-Lock Brakes: Antilock brakes prevent skids by rapidly applying intermittent pressure when the driver brakes.
  5. Electronic Stability Control: ESC helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles by comparing steering and braking date with the car's lateral acceleration, rotation, and individual wheel speeds. When the driver veers from his intended path, brakes are automatically applied to all four wheels in order to prevent skids and rollovers. This feature is most important in taller vehicles such as minivans and SUVs and may reduce SUV crashes by 48%.
  6. Tire-Pressure Monitoring Systems: This feature monitors tire pressure and alerts the driver of pressure changes through a dashboard warning system. Underinflated tires can cause tire-failure accidents.
  7. Lane Departure Warning Systems: This system helps avert accidents by warning drivers when they swerve into an adjacent lane.
  8. Back-Up Sensors or Rearview Camera: Warns drivers of objects or people in the blind zone. Nearly fifty children are injured in back-up accidents each week; many of these injuries could be prevented with back-up technology. 
  9. Active Head Rests: Active head rests dramatically reduce the risk of neck injury in an Atlanta car crash by reducing the gap between the driver’s head and the back of the seat. Whiplash is the most common car crash injury.
  10. Daytime Running Lights: Daytime running lights increase visibility and reduce the risk of head-on collisions.

While these safety features won’t prevent every Atlanta accident injury, they can improve your chances of surviving a Georgia auto accident.

If you are injured in a Georgia car wreck, it is important that you protect your claim from the beginning. Learn how in Shane Smith’s book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. If you’d like to discuss your claim with an Atlanta accident injury attorney, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia