While newer vehicles come with plenty of safety features, many drivers in Florida are sticking to their older vehicles. This can be dangerous, especially for the two age groups with the highest car crash risk: namely, teens and adults 65 and older. One study says it’s precisely these two groups that tend to drive older vehicles.
The importance of ESC and side airbags
The study, which was conducted by a team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, analyzed all the car crashes that occurred in New Jersey from 2010 to 2017. Researchers then identified each vehicle’s model year, type and engine power based on the VIN. They also found out whether a vehicle had two important features: electronic stability control and side and curtain airbags. ESC, in particular, keeps drivers safe by helping them maintain control when driving on slippery roads and sharp curves. In its ability to prevent crash fatalities, it has often been compared with seat belts.
Teen and older drivers do not use ESC
Unfortunately, the older vehicles that teens and adults 65 and older tend to drive do not come with ESC or side airbags. Researchers acknowledge, of course, that many drivers in lower-income neighborhoods, regardless of age, cannot choose but to own an older car. The researchers stress the need for the safest possible vehicle that money can buy.
Accident victims may seek legal counsel
Many car accidents lead to serious injuries when drivers are in an older vehicle. Victims who were not to blame for their injuries and whose losses cannot be covered by their own insurance company may be able to file a personal injury claim. The process can be complicated, and the other side can be aggressive in denying payment, so victims may want a lawyer to assist with negotiations.