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Types of Auto Safety Equipment

Safety equipment can prevent an accident and also prevent harm to the driver, passengers, and other persons involved in the accident such as a pedestrian or bicyclist.

Arizona Department of Transportation crash statistics indicate that more than 103,400 accidents were reported throughout the state in 2011. On average 135 persons were injured every day in motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, more than 270 accidents reportedly involved drivers who knowingly operated a vehicle with faulty or missing equipment and motorcyclists who failed to use safety equipment.

Although there are many different types of auto safety equipment, some drivers may not adhere to using the proper equipment when needed which could lead to serious, and deadly, accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident by a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your accident claim, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right.

History of Auto Safety Equipment

Vehicle safety is now considered one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a car. However, safety equipment was not something that always available.

Here are a few interesting facts about auto safety equipment

  • In all Ford cars, safety glass became standard in 1930 Ford was first launched around 1903.
  • The first barrier crash test was performed in 1934 by General Motors.
  • The Chrysler Crown Imperial was the first car to come with standard disc brakes in 1949.
  • In 1958 Volvo patented the 3-point seatbelt and shoulder seatbelt.
  • As of January 1st, 1964 all passenger cars sold in the United States were required to have front outboard lap belts.
  • In 1966, the United States established the Department of Transportation (DOT) and in 1970 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was founded.
  • In 1979 the NHTSA started crash testing popular vehicles and publishing the results to raise awareness of how safe certain vehicles were.

Year after year more and more new safety equipment was developed and implemented into motor vehicles. Even now car manufacturers and the NHTSA are developing and testing new automotive safety equipment to protect all persons who may be hurt in a collision.

Auto Safety Equipment

Automatic safety equipment may be classified as active or passive. Active equipment may be gear that was added for additional safety and passive safety equipment could be that which makes the vehicle safe as is, such as strong vehicle structure.

Some types of active safety equipment may include:

  • Anti-Lock Brake Systems
  • Back-Up Censors or Cameras
  • Lane Departure Warning Systems
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
  • Adaptive Headlamps

Another type of active safety equipment may be an emergency response system which many modern vehicles are equipped with. Emergency response systems may alert a response center if it senses an accident or it may automatically unlock the doors when the airbags deploy to make it easier for a person to get out of the vehicle.

Some types of passive safety equipment include:

  • Vehicle Structure
  • Seatbelts
  • Airbags
  • Crumple Zone
  • Laminated Glass
  • Vehicle Seats/Child Safety Seats

Passive equipment is that which is protects persons during an accident, a good seat could prevent whiplash during a rear-end collision and airbags can help prevent brain injuries.

Defective Safety Equipment

Vehicle and vehicle safety manufacturers are often voluntarily and involuntarily issuing recalls for defective safety equipment. During manufacturing any type of mistake could cause personal injuries to drivers and passengers as well as increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision caused by defective auto equipment, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Our defective product attorneys may be able to help you, or your loved ones, determine if they may be eligible to make a claim.

Contact our Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers Today

Although there have been many strides made in protecting drivers and passengers, thousands of people are still injured each and every day in a motor vehicle crash. Our knowledgeable accident attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel and help you, or your loved, determine if they may be entitled to compensation for their accident injuries.

For many years our experienced lawyers have assisted personal injury victims throughout the state of Arizona. Our central office is located in Phoenix, Arizona and we also proudly serve the following areas:

  • Scottsdale
  • Chandler
  • Gilbert
  • Mesa
  • Peoria

..and many more surrounding cities and towns. Contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your accident claim by calling 1-800-706-3000 or locally at 602-258-8888 our intake staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.

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