Electronic Stability Control called “most effective safety technology since safety belts”

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report on the benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in motor vehicles finds that it has saved saves lives by reducing rollover motor vehicle accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety president, Adrian Lund says:

“ESC is the most effective safety technology introduced in vehicles since safety belts.”

The NHTSA initially published a study in 2007 about the benefits of ESC but has now updated that study with these remarkable results:

  • ESC in passenger vehicles reduces fatalities in motor vehicle accidents by 23%
  • ESC in SUVs, pickups and vans reduces fatalities in motor vehicle accidents by 20%
  • In single-vehicle rollover accidents, fatalities are reduced 56% in cars and 74% in other vehicles.

ESC is a technology which allows drivers to avoid accidents with the use of computerized technology which detects and minimizes skids. The technology can sense when a driver has lost some steering control and it automatically applies brakes individually to the wheels. NHTSA data finds that up to one-third of fatal car accidents can be prevented with this technology.

Like many new car features, ESC was first introduced into the luxury car market. It is predicted that ESC will some day become a standard feature in all new motor vehicles.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car, truck and SUV accidents and the family of those killed.

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