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Study: Seat Belt Use Reduces Injury Risks, Decreases Car Accident Costs

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 26, 2012

Washington Occupant Safety TipsMost Washington drivers and their experienced car accident attorneys know that seat belt use is backed with years of research indicating that this simple device can significantly reduce the risk of injury or death in a wide range of car accidents, including rollover crashes.

However, many people don’t consider that a reduction in deaths and serious injuries with seat belt use also means a reduction in the financial costs of car accidents, which are steep. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate, for example, that car accidents cost victims and society $70 billion nationwide. Read the rest »

NHTSA Moves One Step Closer to Mandating “Black Box” Recorders in All Passenger Vehicles

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 12, 2012

Washington Auto Accident InjurySince 2007, most cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs sold in the United States have contained an event data recorder (EDR), also known as a “black box.” Like the “black boxes” used in airplanes, EDRs in motor vehicles record data during an accident. The data collected may be used to recreate the accident or to determine if some part of the vehicle failed and caused the crash, making it valuable to vehicle developers, insurance companies, and experienced Seattle car accident attorneys.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has considered mandating EDRs in all new motor vehicles for several years. Now, the agency is one step closer to creating a standardized final rule that will apply to all new vehicles sold in the U.S. and that will require all light-duty vehicles to be equipped with EDRs. Read the rest »

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