Over the past decade, European and Asian car manufacturers implemented
new design protocols for pedestrian safety. While some factors, such as
visibility, are designed to prevent vehicle-pedestrian accidents, new
cars come with features to minimize pedestrian injuries in the event of
a collision. Some design features, for example, create space underneath
the hood of the car to prevent accident victims from coming into contact
with the car's engine. Common design features include:
The elevation ratio between the front of the car and the base of the hood
is important. Raising the base of the hood creates more space between
the engine of the vehicle and the vehicle exterior. This also raises the
windshield of the car.
Even wheel size is determined by pedestrian safety standards. Before the
new regulations, tire openings were smaller. To compensate for other modifications
in the vehicle body, designers began fitting proportionately sized tires
into the new openings.
Hood elevation forces the windshield back, forcing vehicle designers to
raise the dashboard, cowl and seating as well. This is an important feature
because it increases visibility, especially for the driver, which can
prevent accidents with pedestrians.
Can vehicle design really improve pedestrian safety?
According to research, vehicle design has proven to significantly influence
pedestrian safety during an accident. Over one million people are killed
in pedestrian accidents every year. While pedestrian-vehicle accidents
will always carry a higher potential for injury and death, certain elements
of the vehicle design can actually decrease the impact of an accident.
In fact, some manufacturers have regulations to protect the victim's
limbs, head, and more.
What to do After a Car Accident
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today. We believe that victims of serious
car accidents have the right to pursue financial compensation for their injuries. To
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