In 2007, the federal government issued a regulation requiring that all light-duty trucks and passenger vehicles contain electronic stability control (ESC) in order to increase on-road safety. According to a recently-released report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the technology has helped save thousands of lives in the years since the regulation.
According to the NHTSA report, a study found that from 2008 to 2010, ESC technology saved 2,202 lives. ESC systems control the braking of individual wheels through an on-board computer, which can aid a vehicle that is losing control or stability in recovering and preventing an accident from occurring. According to the study, ESC saved the lives of 634 passengers in 2008, 705 in 2009, and 863 in 2010.
The NHTSA reports that this technology can majorly reduce the amount of rollover crashes on the road as well as accidents caused by a loss of control.
The regulation, applied under Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 126 in April 2007, required that manufacturers install ESC systems on all vans, passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. The rule had these regulations slowly phased in over several years; however, all cars from model year 2012 and beyond must have ESC technology.
While vehicle technology continues to make vast improvements in safety and accident prevention, it cannot prevent the human errors that cause so many accidents on Maryland’s roads. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a reckless driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. The Calvert County car accident victim lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can provide you with the assistance you need to increase your chances of success. To learn more, call our offices at (844) 632-7274.