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IIHS Focuses on Pedestrian and Passenger Safety

Car collisions frequently result in serious physical injuries. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian deaths resulting from car accidents continues to rise; there was over a 50 percent increase in pedestrian deaths in automobile crashes in the past 10 years. In light of the growing number of injuries, new automobile safety ratings published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) include scores in the category of passenger and pedestrian safety.

Importance of Crash Avoidance Features

One important indicator of passenger and pedestrian safety is the presence of crash avoidance features, such as front crash, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention systems. Strict crash test criteria focus on the passenger-side small overlap crash test, which relates to damage caused by a collision between vehicles or with a standing object, such as a tree or telephone pole. To receive top safety scores, vehicles must receive a rating of good or better in this category.

Toughening Standards for Protecting Passengers

Other changes in the ratings standards include a greater emphasis on structural and design changes aimed at protecting passengers, as well as drivers. Automobile safety experts urge for greater improvement in driver-side and passenger-side small overlap tests to ensure maximum protection for all car occupants.

The new IIHS crashworthiness tests and stricter standards are supported by industry watchdog organization Consumer Reports, which uses IIHS crash test data in calculating its own safety scores. Other testing criteria played an important part in the crash tests, which examined headlight safety, nighttime visibility functioning, head restraint effectiveness, and roof strength reinforcements. Standard crash tests related to moderate overlap and side strength remained part of the IIHS testing protocol.

Safest Models

IIHS tested over 200 different car models on several standards in 2019. Of these tested vehicles, 64 received the Top Safety Pick and 23 received the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. In addition to these awards, almost 40 additional models were awarded good scores for crashworthiness. Mazda and Hyundai currently have the most models appearing on the awards list.

Risk of Physical Harm

Passengers and pedestrians can suffer catastrophic injuries requiring hospitalization and ongoing medical treatment as a result of motor vehicle collisions. Some of the most common physical injuries suffered by victims of motor vehicle collisions include broken bones, sprains, traumatic brain injuries, and damage to internal organs. These injuries may require lengthy hospital stays, months of rehabilitation, and a prolonged inability to work.

Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Fight for Individuals Injured in Automobile Accidents

If you or a loved one suffered injury in a motor vehicle accident, the experienced Monmouth County car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC are here to help. We work to obtain compensation for car accident victims. For a free consultation, call us at 732-660-1200 or contact us online. Located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, as well as Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Asbury Park, Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Approves First Autonomous Vehicle Outside of Safety Rules

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently granted permission for a new type of autonomous vehicle for use on public roads, bypassing established safety standards. Permissible road access for vehicles previously required adherence to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards calling for certain performance, construction, and design elements. New delivery vehicles were approved for exemptions to those rules.

Nuro, an American robotics company, recently developed a delivery vehicle that operates without a human onboard. The service allows supermarket customers to place an order online and provides door-to-door delivery within the local area. The low-speed vehicles are meant to transport groceries, dry cleaning, or take-out orders. The R1 driverless, goods-only prototype stuck to many vehicle construction regulations meant for vehicles that accommodate a driver. Developers saw many of those features as unnecessary, so they filed for exemptions from those rules.

Regulatory Exemptions

The features deemed unnecessary by designers included a windshield, mirrors, and rear visibility. Designers argued that with the remote operator controlling the vehicle using cameras, the features that facilitated human-driver visibility no longer served a reasonable purpose. Likewise, rules that necessitated gas pedals, brake pedals, and steering wheels did not apply to the fully autonomous vehicles. As part of the new rules permitting the use of public roads, Nuro delivery vehicles will maintain speeds below 25 miles per hour. They are also restricted from transporting people inside.

In challenging the regulations, technologists argued that the established regulations held back innovation and served no discernable safety benefit. In
October 2018, Nuro filed for an exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The following March, the period of public comment commenced, and approval came in early February 2020.

Exemptions and Safety

The exemption approval implies that the self-driving Nuro is seen as safe. This green light will allow more innovation in the area of self-driving vehicles. As these new technologies emerge, regulators must ensure that the safety of traditional road users is not compromised for the wrong reasons. Technological advances can be beneficial for many reasons, but the responsibility to safety must remain paramount. Business competition concerns aside, we cannot trade road safety for the comparatively trivial convenience factor.

Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents

If you were injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, you may be able to collect damages for your injuries. The Monmouth County car accident lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC can help you obtain compensation to help pay for costs associated with your accident. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 732-660-1200 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, as well as Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and we represent clients throughout Asbury Park, Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Common Auto Safety Issues Often Overlooked

Cars are a convenient and much needed form of transportation today. However, safety checks and vehicle maintenance may not be done as frequently as they should. Overlooking common auto safety issues can lead to costly and sometimes dangerous consequences.

Following are common auto safety issues that are often overlooked and can result in car accidents:

  • Damaged brake lines. Brakes are a very vulnerable part of your car since they are susceptible to breakage and rust. Factors such as weather conditions and chemicals used to treat roads can have a huge impact on your vehicle’s brake lines. It is important to perform brake line checks since there may not be any signs that there is wear and tear.
  • Dying or damaged batteries. Weather conditions, such as extreme temperatures, can have a negative effect on car batteries.
  • Tires. Neglecting tire maintenance can lead to life-threatening consequences. Tires that are underinflated and lack tread can lead to blowouts. Tires can be underinflated, even if they do not look like it.
  • Animal damage. The engine area of your car is a welcome spot for animals to seek shelter, especially in colder weather. Piles of leaves or twigs near or underneath the hood of your car can be a sign that animals have taken shelter beneath your vehicle. If this is the case, you will need to check your car for chewed parts.
  • Drive belts. Drive belts are a part of your vehicle that can be easy to overlook. If a drive belt is damaged, it can make it difficult to steer your vehicle. It may also result in a non-functioning alternator that could potentially stall the engine.
  • Damaged headlight lenses. Damaged headlight lenses make it difficult to see the road ahead of you. This can be especially dangerous in bad weather conditions.
  • Air bags. Air bags are dangerous because they can deploy as a result of minor collisions that cause little to no damage. If you bought a used vehicle, it is important to check the vehicle’s history for prior airbag deployment. Takata airbags have been shown in the past to severely injure
    vehicle occupants.
  • Bumpers. Even if bumpers look like they are okay, they can still be damaged, especially if you were involved in a collision.

If you were injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer will review your case and defend your rights. You should not have to suffer due to the careless actions of another, which includes failure to maintain one’s vehicle.

Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Represent Victims Injured in All Types of Car Accidents

If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident, contact a Monmouth County car accident lawyer at Falcon Law Firm, LLC today. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200. Located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, as well as Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Asbury Park, Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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