Car accidents are extremely common in Massachusetts. No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. Luckily, modern technology can help you avoid injury or death in a serious accident.
If you have a son or daughter who’s almost old enough to take a driver’s education and get a driver’s license, you’re probably looking into which car safety features are most reliable for your child’s first car. While safety ratings are a useful tool to look at, you also want to look at the safety features of the car. Knowing what safety features you need to look for and understanding how they operate is essential as you choose the right car for your needs.
The car accident attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. in Boston discuss the top safety features in a car that you need in your car to mitigate injury and death risks.
- Having Seatbelts
A car without a seat belt is asking for problems. Numerous people have lost their lives because they didn’t bother putting their seat belts on before driving.
It may not look like that, but a seat belt can save your life if you ever find yourself in a car accident, and help stop you from going through your windshield. Look for a fully operational seat belt in a car you’re planning to buy and look at something else if you don’t see it.
- Anti Lock brake system
Have you ever had to hit the brakes because of an ill-timed swerve of another vehicle on the road? Doing this can be dangerous, as it can quickly lock up your wheels and prevent you from controlling your car.
But if your car has an anti-lock brake system, you can prevent it from happening. What it does is allow you to stay in control of a vehicle when you need to slam the brakes as needed.
- All-Wheel Drive
All-wheel drive cars have better traction than a front or rear-wheel drive cars because the system allocates power to all wheels. When used in conjunction with traction control, an all-wheel-drive can help stop slippage by applying too much power during sudden acceleration.
- Traction Control
If you accelerate too fast, the traction control system will stabilize the car. It controls how often the driving wheels will slip in these cases, normally by automatically changing the power output of the engine and possibly applying the brakes. This feature is popular in ABS four-wheel vehicles.
- Shatter-Resistant Glass
Windshields and windows made of shatter-resistant glass are now common in cars as well. The glass is laminated in a material that stops the glass from shattering into sharp shards that can cause severe injury to riders when the windshield or window breaks. When something strikes a shatter-resistant glass hard enough to break it, it splits into tiny pellets that do not have sharp edges.
You likely take car bumpers for granted and don’t think of them as a safety feature, but there was a time when cars didn’t have bumpers, and in those days, cars were much less secure than they are today. Even a small bump may cause significant damage to the car body and hurt passengers. If you’ve ever been into a fender bender and laughed at it, you’ve got your car bumpers to appreciate for that.
Contact a Massachusetts Car Accident Attorney
When cautious people suffer serious injuries in a car accident, car accident lawyers can help them get the compensation they need. Contact our Boston Car Accident Lawyers at Bellotti Law Group P.C.