Preventing Rollover Accidents
Written by Greg on February 26, 2014
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration continues to balance consumer safety with consumer demand – a job that they do effectively for the most part.
For instance, they have developed a series of regulations related to Electronic Stability Control Systems. These systems are designed to reduce the serious risk of rollover crashes as well as the risk of death and serious injury in those crashes. To do this they have established the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 126 which requires electronic stability control (ESC) systems on passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 Kg (10,000 pounds) or less.
According to the NHTSA reports – ESC systems use automatic computer-controlled braking of individual wheels to assist the driver in maintaining control in critical driving situations.
The NHTSA report continues by stating that it estimates electronic safety control will reduce single-vehicle crashes of passenger cars by 34% and single vehicle crashes of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) by 59%, with a much greater reduction of rollover crashes.
In terms of lives saved – ESC could save 5,300 to 9,600 lives and prevent 156,000 to 238,000 injuries in all types of crashes annually once all light vehicles on the road are equipped with this device.
In an era of “anti Washington” and anti regulation, it is beyond dispute that the Department of Transportation saves thousands of American lives every year through effective safety rules.
Auto manufacturers have also been very proactive in making safer vehicles and technology has played a large role in making our highways safer.
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