Here at our phoenix personal injury law firm, we often bemoan the number of motor vehicle accident-injured clients we see every week. We help our clients get compensation for their pain and suffering; however, we would be happier if there was a way to avoid motor vehicle accidents and the accompanying injuries and suffering.
Since 1978, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has offered 5-Star Safety Ratings to aid consumers purchase safer vehicles to better protect them on the road. NHTSA crash-tests vehicles and assigns “star” ratings on how they perform. Today, technology is advancing at a rapid rate, and NHTSA has realized that it is time to update their 5-Star Safety ratings to reflect those advances. The updated 5-Star Safety Ratings will include the following:
The most advanced, human-like frontal crash test dummy in the world, which has additional sensors to better measure the stresses on the human body during motor vehicle accidents;
The WorldSID crash test dummy, which has advanced instrumentation to predict injuries to human bodies in different types of side collisions;
Advanced crash tests to target specific areas of the body and the likely injuries involved in a motor vehicle accident – chest, abdomen, spine, brain and upper and lower extremities;
Frontal oblique crash test that measures how well the vehicle protects in an angled frontal collision;
Improved frontal and side crash tests to protect front and rear seat occupants;
Ratings for selected motor vehicle accident avoidance and advanced technologies that aid the driver in preventing an accident and pedestrian protection technologies;
Half-star ratings to provide more detailed comparative information about vehicle safety performance.
NHTSA aims to develop safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer roads for our future.