With every new model of vehicle that comes onto the market, motorists have more safety features to protect them from suffering catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. Passive safety features – features that protect vehicle occupants after the impact of a car accident – can be especially valuable in providing added protection.
Life space safety feature
Manufacturers create what’s known as “life space” – the space around occupants in each vehicle that is designed to provide them with added protection. This space can enable occupants to escape an accident with only minor injuries, or even none at all.
However, if a crash causes a vehicle occupant to cross outside of the life space, more severe injuries could occur. For example, failure to secure the seat belt could allow the impact of the collision to propel a person through the windshield.
Constant safety developments
New features are continually being added, such as additional airbags that inflate around the knees and in the side panels. Seat belts are also more advanced to allow moderation of the tension and fewer seat belt-related injuries. Advanced safety features even include headrests that limit the risk of whiplash injuries.
Injuries continue to claim lives
Despite all the advanced safety features, car accidents continue to cause life-altering and fatal injuries. When negligent drivers cause car accidents that leave injured or deceased victims, they could be held accountable financially. This applies even when the victims were passengers in the negligent driver’s vehicle.
The civil justice system of Ontario allows crash victims to pursue claims for financial relief. Successfully presented personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits could lead to monetary judgments that cover medical expenses, lost income and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.