North Carolina Car Accident Watch: Safer Vehicles Reduce the Risk of Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) takes pride in keeping motorists informed about vehicle safety ratings and which cars are better equipped to withstand a crash. The aim of such information is to help reduce injuries and deaths sustained in car accident in Greensboro and throughout the country.

The Car Connection reports that the 2012 Vehicle Crash Test list has recently been released by the NHTSA.

Charlotte car accident attorneys know that the structure of a vehicle doesn’t always save a driver or passenger from an accident caused by another motorist. The make of vehicles has steadily improved over the years but thousands of people continue to die each year on our nation’s roadways.30847_top_gear.jpg

According to the article, the NHTSA improved crash-testing in 2010 but failed to test more than a handful of vehicles. For 2012, crash-testing will be performed by the agency on 42 passenger cars, two minivans, 8 pickup trucks and 22 SUVs and crossovers. In total, 81 percent of the passenger vehicles with model year 2012 that will be sold in the U.S. will be tested. Furthermore, 92 percent of the 2012 models will have rollover-specific data provided so that consumers will know how protected they are if a rollover accident were to occur.

Also beginning in 2012, drivers will be informed of which vehicles come equipped with crash avoidance technologies. Features such as forward collision or lane departure warnings can help alert drivers and potentially help drivers to avoid a crash.

Some of the predicted top-selling 2012 vehicles being tested will include:
-2012 Toyota Camry
-2012 Ford Explorer
-2012 Chevy Silverado (in 2500 Series)
-2012 Ford F-150 Supercab
-2012 Toyota Prius v Hybrid
-2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
-2012 Honda CR-Z

A selection of electric vehicles from Mitsubishi, Coda and Ford will also be crash tested in 2012.

There are a total of 68 2012 vehicle models that provide either a lane departure warning (LDW) or forward collision warning (FCW) or both. For the first time ever, the NHTSA will be testing a few select vehicles on their anti-collision technology (vehicles equipped with one or both of the LDW or FCW systems). A few of these vehicles include the 2012 Chevy Equinox, 2012 Volvo S60 and the 2012 BMW 328i.

“Our 5-star ratings program is a critical resource to help consumers make the best possible decisions about the cars they want to buy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “People should remember: More stars, safer cars.”

A full list of the 2012 models being tested for crash safety ratings and crash avoidance technologies can be found at NHTSA.

Safercar.gov is a valuable resource for families or consumers who are getting ready to purchase a car. Potential buyers can find information about 5-Star Safety Ratings and safety technology by visiting the website online.

All results and recommendations of the 74 vehicles being tested for 2012 will appear on this website once crash-testing has been completed.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in Charlotte, Greensboro, Statesville or the surrounding areas, contact the car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A for an initial consultation to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.

Additional Resources:
NHTSA Publishes Its 2012 Vehicle Crash Test List, by Kurt Ernst, The Car Connection.

More Blog Entries:

Vehicles with High Safety Ratings Can Reduce Risk of Injuries in Rollover Accidents in North Carolina, Nationwide, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 12, 2011.

Safe Behaviors, Among Other Things, Can Reduce Severity of Injuries Sustained in Asheville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, September 22, 2011.

New Technology Could Lead to More Defective Vehicles, Putting Motorists at Risk of Car Accidents in Winston-Salem, Nationwide, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 9, 2011.

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