The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the findings of a study which finds that Electronic Stability Control (ESC), when installed in passenger automobiles, prevents fatal car accidents and reduces single-vehicle rollover accidents dramatically.
ESC is a computerized technology that detects loss of steering control. ESC automatically applies the brakes and helps control steering. It applies brakes to individual wheels. Some ESC systems also reduces engine power.
IIHS statistics show that ESC reduces fatal motor vehicle accidents by 33% and reduces the risk of single-vehicle rollover accidents by 73%.
In fact, IIHS estimates that 15,600 lives could have been saved between 2002-2008 if the technology was installed.
The IIHS believes so strongly that ESC improves driver and passenger safety that it only gives its TOP SAFETY PICK award to vehicles with them installed.
In the model year 2010, ESC is standard on 88% of cars, SUVs, and 62% of pickup trucks. By 2012, all new automobiles will be built with ESC.
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 motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.