Modern cars offer more safety features than ever before. These are often a strong selling point, especially for families, and it’s important to know what features there are and how your vehicle protects you.
Most of the benefits of modern safety systems can be grouped into two main categories.
Reducing your injuries
The first benefit category consists of systems designed to reduce the extent of your injuries. These systems accept that you are going to crash and then attempt to protect you when you do. They include things like airbags, seat belts, crumple zones and the steel cage that wraps the passenger compartment.
Newer safety features are often more geared around preventing the accident entirely, rather than keeping you safe when you crash. You’re not reliant on seat belts and airbags if you never get into an accident. Safety features that fit into this category include things like anti-lock brakes, collision warning systems, backup cameras, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking systems and lane departure warning systems.
You can still get injured
Modern safety features are important, and they do save lives every single day. That said, there is not a car in existence that can guarantee that you will not get hurt in an accident, and there’s no way to ensure that another negligent driver will not hit your vehicle. If you do get injured in an accident that someone else causes, you need to know how to seek financial compensation. An experienced advocate is often the best defense against the games insurance companies play when they try to avoid paying up.