Automobile Accidents

Electronic Stability Control System: A Necessary SUV Device

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

It was only in the 1990s when the number of injuries and deaths suddenly increased due to rollover accidents that the government looked into this type of road tragedy with deep concern. Coincidentally, this decade also witnessed an increase in the production of passenger vans and the introduction of SUVs, vehicles that were more spacious and which looked tougher than cars . . . but which were also the ones most prone to rollovers.

Any type of vehicle, which has a great tendency to oversteer (that is turn a bit farther or more sharply than intended, especially when managing a turn) or understeer (turn less sharply that intended), can rollover. However, those that have a taller design, a narrow track width (the distance between the left and right wheels), and a high ground clearance (or a center of gravity that is higher from the ground), such as passenger vans, pickups and SUVs, are much more susceptible to rollover than other automobiles due to their features that greatly reduce their stability and steering capacity. The risk of these vehicles tipping over also increases as weight of passengers and cargo is added to the vehicles.

Every year, more than 280,000 rollover accidents, which result to over 10,000 deaths and 24,000 serious injuries, are reported to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Rollover is actually listed as the second most common cause of death and grave injuries where road accident is the issue; head-on collision tops the list.

According to the NHTSA there are two factors that have consistently emerged in 75% of all fatal rollover crashes: vehicle speed above 55mph and an alcohol-intoxicated driver. Driving while drunk is already totally dangerous; doing it at fast speeds is nothing short of suicidal.

A speeding car, more so an SUV, can easily slide sideways after cornering too sharply. When this happens, it can possibly skid off the road and its tires trip on a curb, dig into soft or muddy soil, or hit a guardrail, resulting to a rollover. In another instance, it could be due to failure to remain upright while driving down a steep slope.

While drunk-driving, speeding, driver distraction, reckless driving, etc., can cause an SUV (or any other vehicle) to rollover, the NHTSA and car manufacturers see the real problem being this vehicle’s inability to remain stable. Though fixes and, worse, recalls were made, these seemed to have only resulted to: first, unsolved problems; and, second, millions of dollars in cost besides their (manufacturers’) blemished name.

In 1995 three giant car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Toyota introduced what is now known as the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. ESC, otherwise referred to as dynamic stability control (DSC) or electronic stability program (ESP), is a computerized technological safety device designed to improve vehicle stability through detection and reduction of skidding or loss of traction. It actually consists of sensors that are able to sense loss of vehicle control. When loss of control occurs, ESC automatically applies brakes on each wheel to allow the driver to regain control of the vehicle and put it back on track. ESC also helps maintain vehicle stability during abrupt turns, eliminates any likelihood of oversteering and understeering, and improves traction and vehicle control on road shoulders, gravel patches and slippery or icy roads.

But while the ESC may be able to help reduce possibilities of rollover accidents, negligence, resulting to a defective ESC device or vehicle design, a side collision because the driver of the other vehicle that hit you was drunk or distracted, or too much road debris or unmaintained road, will not.

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Filing for a Defective Tires Case

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Automobile Accidents, Dangerous Products | 0 comments

One of the leading causes of fatalities in America is related to vehicular accidents. An alarming percentage of these accidents are due to defective tires. Whatever your form of private transport – tires remain an imperative part, no matter what.

Your tires maintain constant exposure to the actual, proper road and a defective tire could be the cause of an accident that, at the very least, would be costly in a financial way or could cost lives. A manufacturer could broadcast a years old tire as new and that alone could mean some devastating results. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, many people are made to withstand extreme consequence due to defective tire-caused vehicular accidents. If you have found yourself in a situation where you have been severely inconvenienced due to a defective tire, you are liable to pursue legal assistance.

A lot of the cases that involve defective tires are because the malfunction caused a car accident that now requires an unprecedented cost for repairs from the victim. Sometimes, accidents of this nature involve additional medical expenses and cost for insurance. There is nothing to be done to reverse the damage done after any vehicular accident occurs but hold the one responsible accountable for their actions.

Manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility towards their consumers to provide only the very best in their products in order to assure mass satisfaction and, more importantly, safety for their customers. Should anything wrong occur as a lack of preparation or care, then they need to pay the victim the financial compensation that the complainant deserves. If the proper standard is not met due to negligence or malicious intent, you are warranted to file a formal complaint of defective tires against the guilty party.

Should you be in this most unfortunate situation, it is advisable for you to seek the best legal option available to you immediately.

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Car Accidents and the Importance of Auto Liability Insurance

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Automobile Accidents | 1 comment

When a car accident occurs, the consequence of property damage can range from minor dents to total wrecks, while the injury a victim may sustain can extend from simple, minor bruises to serious harm, such as head injury, internal organ damage, fractured bones, physical and/or emotional trauma which can lead to permanent disability or, worse, death. Car accidents, however, are definitely preventable occurrences, if drivers would only remain focused on the road and be strictly observant of traffic safety rules.

In an article posted in its website, the Chris Mayo Law Firm states that, despite drivers’ growing awareness of the necessity to drive safely and the technological advances on car safety devices, car accidents still remain to be a major cause of serious injuries and wrongful death in the US. And even if the injury sustained were minor, the victim will definitely still be affected emotionally, mentally and, of course, financially (due to costly medical treatment).

Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that, once behind the wheel, many drivers have the tendency to become reckless, more so, distracted, either due to that belief that they have perfect control of the situation or because they are just not really aware of committing distracted driving; thus many still drive despite being under the influence of alcohol, overspeed or fail to keep their focus on the road.

Depending on the type of traffic violation committed (or the frequency of the offense), a traffic violation charge can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, with harsh punishments and fees facing offenders. One serious violation of the driving requirements in the US is failure to carry car liability insurance. Liability insurance coverage is one of the primary mandates on drivers to ensure financial protection of people (and their properties) who have been injured by the insured driver. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, this insurance is meant to cover cost of medical treatment, among others, of the injured victim.

Due to the high cost of car insurance, many drivers have resorted to seeking expert and professional assistance from auto insurance firms that have staff specially trained to help drivers find the best policy at affordable premiums, regardless of the car driven and the driver’s driving record.

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