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Crumple Zones Increase Chance of Car Crash Survival

Crumple Zones Increase Chance of Car Crash Survival

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Car safety technology is responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives each, which has contributed to the large decrease in traffic fatalities and injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seat belts, front and curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes are some of the most well-known devices. However, one of the most important is completely invisible from the outside and somewhat unknown to many drivers. A crumple zone is a pre-weakened segment of the vehicle’s frame that folds or buckles during impact, reducing the force the occupants feel in a crash. However, crumple zones and other important safety devices cannot save everyone. If a loved one has perished in an car accident, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to find out what type of compensation you may be able to receive in order to help cover funeral expenses, any medical bills, and possibly the loss of your financial supporter.

A Crumple Zone is a Purposefully Weak Structure

Crumple zones can be found in the front, rear, and sometimes the sides of vehicles. While the pre-weakened segment of the vehicle is designed to crumple and deteriorate, the interior inner cabin, where the occupants sit, is designed to be ultra rigid in order to maintain its integrity during a collision. This design allows the force of the impact to be spread out into the “mushy” exterior of the car and away from the occupants. Not only do crumple zones redistribute the force of a crash away from the occupants, they also reduce the total force produced. By slowing down the rate at which the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the total force is decreased. For example, if it takes 0.1 seconds for a hypothetical vehicle without a front end crumple zone to come to a complete stop upon hitting the rear end of another vehicle, it may take 0.2 seconds for a vehicle with a crumple zone to come to a complete stop. This would actually reduce the force by half, which is incredibly substantial. However, despite the amazing benefits of crumple zones, they are not cure-alls for distracted, careless, or aggressive driving on the behalf of others. Driving is still all too dangerous. There were 32,675 traffic fatalities in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with those numbers unfortunately expected to be much higher in 2015 due to estimates made in the last quarter of 2015.

If your loved one passed away in a fatal car accident, contact an experienced Indianapolis, Indiana, wrongful death attorney today at the law offices of Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400. We are prepared to assist you through each step of your case.

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