Airbags were made a requirement for all vehicles produced in the United States in 1989. Since then, many improvements have been made to the safety features that come standard in cars. Until recently, all of these safety features were created in an effort to protect drivers and their passengers. No features were implemented in an effort to protect pedestrians. Considering that pedestrians accounted for 12 % of all traffic fatalities in 2010, this was certainly an issue in need of correction. The NHTSA reports that “4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010 and an additional 70,000 were injured.”
In an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian related injuries and fatalities, several car manufacturers are providing an airbag designed to protect pedestrians as well. According to FoxBusiness.com, “When the bumper senses a collision with a pedestrian, the rear of the hood is released and the air bag inflates to cover one-third of the windshield while raising the back of the car hood, which is designed to reduce the severity of injuries in approximately 85% of pedestrian related crashes.”
The addition of this new safety feature is a huge advancement towards making driving a safer activity for everyone. A car accident can significantly affect everyone involved in one. If you are injured, your daily routine can become greatly impaired. Tasks that were once relatively simple may be difficult or impossible to perform. 411 Pain is a medical and legal referral service with over 15 years of experience. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you should have access to reliable medical and legal advice. Call 411 Pain to find out how they can help.
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