The list of safety features available on modern automobiles seems to grow every day. While seat belts have been around for a long time, newer vehicles contain regions known as crumple zones. During a collision, crumple zones are designed to absorb much of the force that would otherwise reach the driver and passengers. When they work correctly, crumple zones save lives. But sometimes they malfunction.
Before the idea of a crumple zone was developed, automobiles were built with a rigid steel chassis. The rationale was that a vehicle with a stronger frame would be able to withstand impacts better, protecting the passengers. In reality, a rigid chassis actually transmits the force of the impact into the cabin. Older cars sometimes sustain less damage during accidents, but their occupants are harmed much worse.
Crumple zones change how a vehicle’s body deforms during a collision. A well-designed crumple zone will keep the vehicle’s cabin intact to protect passengers, while simultaneously directing force away from them. A poorly-designed crumple zone might not do enough to protect the vehicle’s cabin from the force of an impact. A cabin that also crumples could seriously injure or trap its unfortunate occupants.
Crumple zones can save lives, but only if they work correctly. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a poorly-designed crumple zone, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. The Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to help you. To learn more, discuss your case with a compassionate car accident lawyer today by calling 800-242-2874.