Car accident safety studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Car accident safety has been well studied and discussed for many years now. The researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have been comparing the results of their test car crashes to actual car accident injuries and deaths. They report that the grades given to cars during car accident testing have been tested in real life accidents with good results. The institute grades cars based on their safety by giving grades such as poor, marginal, acceptable, and good. They reported that accident deaths improve drastically when comparing a car graded as “good” versus “poor.” New York personal injury lawyers warn that just because there are less deaths or even less life-threatening injuries does not mean car accident victims walk away without any injury. In fact, people who are involved in an accident may survive the accident but be left with permanent and severe injuries that can even leave them disabled. Car safety has improved but an injury can still leave a patient with lifelong pain, broken bones, and herniated discs in the neck and back. Further research may improve that reality but attorneys say that in the meantime driver safety is still crucial. Public advocates say that a distracted or negligent driver cause many preventable accidents when they drive while talking or texting on the cell phone, putting on makeup, or even while intoxicated. They say that many car accident lawsuits revolve around liability of a distracted driver who did not take the safety of others on the road seriously. Check out more on the IIHS study here.

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