More emphasis is being given these days to making cars less likely to crash, rather than protecting the driver and passengers in the event of a crash – think of this as braking systems over airbags as a matter of priority. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) has been thoroughly tested and, as the front runner in tests, will be fitted as standard in all new cars from 2014. A really common cause of accidents is when there is loss of control in a bend taken too fast or a need to take rapid evasive action. This causes a skid or a spin which is often hard to counteract, but with ESC fitted, if wheel sensors detect the beginning of a slide small amounts of braking can be applied automatically to individual wheels to regain stability and prevent the slide. This is something that is an improvement on anything the driver can do, because all that can be done from behind the wheel is to apply all brakes and this can maximise the spin. ESC should have a very positive effect on the occurrence of this kind of accident, although of course having this system fitted should not be considered an alternative to careful driving.
Gadgets are as good as their users
Even with all the possible gadgets and extras fitted, cars can still be involved in accidents. Some drivers do, unfortunately, tend to put too much on the in-board technology and drive in a rather more reckless way than perhaps they would if they had no computer help in the car. If you find yourself a victim of a reckless driver, you should seek medical help at once, but you might also find that you are eligible for compensation. Even if you don’t seem to be injured, you should see a medical professional, because it is sometimes only later that symptoms appear.
Help when you need it from Accident Advice Helpline
When you have been in an accident you are probably feeling quite shocked and don’t want to have to think about things such as claiming compensation but calling AAH does not involve you in any difficult paperwork or similar stressful situations. When you call, one of our experienced legal experts will talk you through your situation an, if they feel you are eligible, will start your compensation claim for you with the minimum of input from you. Because we work no win, no fee*, you have nothing to lose, so call us today for advice.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown