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Are Side-Impact Airbags Important?

| Jun 3, 2011 | Traffic Accidents

If you’re in the market for some new wheels in Virginia, you’re probably looking for some style along with safety. We all want to keep our family safe, but we also want a car we enjoy driving, and while it’s easy to know what we want on the outside, knowing what we should ask for on the inside can be tricky.

Luckily, many manufacturers have improved safety features in the last decade, for the driver as well as the passengers. One of these improvements is side-impact airbags, which greatly reduce injuries in the event of a right angle, or t-bone, collision.

Benefits of Side-Impact Airbags

How would side-impact airbags help in the event of a t-bone crash?

  • Side-impact crashes account for 25% of all vehicle fatalities-nearly 10,000 deaths per year.
  • A recent study found that side impact-airbags reduced fatalities in crashes as much as 45%. Airbags that include head protection are even more effective, since most deaths caused by side-impact crashes result from the victim’s head hitting the window.
  • Side airbags are designed differently than front airbags. They are tougher to absorb the impact, and stay inflated longer for extra protection in case the car rolls over.

Injured from a Side-Impact Collision? Contact Shevlin Smith

If you have been in a side-impact collision in Virginia or DC, we can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call Shevlin Smith today at 703-721-4233 for a free consultation with a Fairfax car accident lawyer.