Some people believe that older cars are more reliable, and thus, are better options than the newer ones that are on the roads today. What they might not realize is that older cars are associated with more fatalities than newer cars, according to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARF).
There are many reasons why older cars are considered more dangerous than newer ones. One of the most prevalent is that there are safety features in newer cars that help to minimize the injuries and risk of fatalities when a collision occurs.
How can drivers ensure they are as safe as possible?
Not everyone can afford to purchase a new vehicle every few years. If you drive an older model, make sure that your vehicles get serviced and are in good condition. Factors like having new tires or having new brakes installed can have a big affect on the safety of the vehicle. It all comes down to being as safe as possible in the vehicle you can afford.
All drivers should also follow basic safety procedures, such as focusing solely on driving and only operating the vehicle when they are well-rested. Following the speed limits and wearing a seatbelt also improve safety.
Any car wreck has the possibility of being catastrophic. Victims of any crash should ensure that they get the medical care they need for the injuries they suffer. In some cases, they might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help defray the financial impact of the wreck. A personal injury attorney can help victims get through this process so they can focus on trying to heal after the crash.