Safer Cars Improve Odds in Southwest Florida Traffic Collisions

It ripped completely in half.

According to NBC2, a sedan and a garbage truck collided on Colonial Boulevard. The smaller vehicle didn’t stand a chance. It was mangled in the collision.

It happened at about 6:00 a.m. at the intersections of Six Mile Cypress and Colonial Boulevard. Both of the drivers were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. Despite how the passenger car looked (ripped completely in two), the driver only suffered minor injuries.

Investigators are currently looking into the accident.

Our Fort Myers car accident attorneys understand that the vehicles we drive come with safety ratings, and safer vehicles can make quite a difference in the event of an accident. For this reason, it’s important that we do our homework before purchasing a new car. To that end, officials with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have created a system to determine crashworthiness to measure how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a collision. The IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in five crash tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, rollover and rear.

You can also check the 5-star rating system created by SafeCar.gov. With this system, officials rank cars with stars. It’s a simple concept — more stars equal safer cars. This system also measures the crash worthiness and rollover safety of vehicles. Five stars is the highest rating, one is the lowest.

When you’re buying a new car for your family, we know that price is going to be a big factor. A good idea is to start looking at those safety ratings. Once you’ve narrowed the selection, it’s time to start looking closer at a vehicle’s safety features. You want to be on the lookout for electronic stability control, adjustable rear shoulder seat belts, override window controls, anti-lock brakes and airbags.

This decision can be especially important when selecting a car for the newly-licensed driver in your family. Teens can be dangerous behind the wheel. It’s important that we equip them with the knowledge and the tools to help to keep them safe out there. One of the best tools we can provide is a safe vehicle.

“If parents can afford a new vehicle, they should get one because newer vehicles tend to be safer in terms of crashworthiness and they’re more likely to have important safety equipment such as side airbags,” said Anne McCartt with IIHS.

Remember that car accidents are the number one cause of death in the U.S.

In the state of Florida, there were more than 1,400 people killed in car accidents involving passenger vehicles. As our vehicles’ safety features advance, we can only hope that this number will be reduced. Until then, we’ve got to rely on safe driving habits from everyone.