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Which Car Is Best for Preventing Pedestrian Accidents?

Automakers are constantly developing technologies to protect pedestrians from dangerous collisions. But the success of these systems varies significantly depending on the make and model of the car, according to a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Tests Show Certain Cars Are Better at Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are in the most danger when it comes to traffic accidents. With no protection from the impact of a crash, injuries are often serious or fatal. In Hawaii alone, pedestrian accidents increased a shocking 525 percent in a recent year, according to the state Department of Transportation. 

Nationwide, pedestrian accidents increased 53 percent since a record low in 2009, the IIHS says. 

If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident on Oahu, contact a Honolulu personal injury attorney at Recovery Law Center for a free consultation. Compensation may be possible to relieve the terrible burdens that often accompany a pedestrian accident. 

Contact us today to learn more about your legal options. 

Pedestrian Crash Prevention Technology

Car manufacturers have developed several types of safety systems meant to prevent pedestrian collisions. By 2022, many have agreed to install automated braking systems that can detect pedestrians and apply the brakes faster than a human could. 

Roughly two-thirds of vehicles that the IIHS tested use forward-facing cameras near the rearview mirrors (both with or without radar sensors) to scan for pedestrians, alert the driver, and apply the brakes. In many cases, these cameras come as standard equipment, not an optional add-on for the car buyer.    

IIHS Test Scenarios

The IIHS tested the crash avoidance systems in luxury and nonluxury mid-sized sedans. It evaluated the cars in three potential pedestrian accident scenarios:

  • An adult crossing out into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • A child dashing into the street behind two parked cars
  • An adult walking on the side of the road facing away from traffic

In each situation, the cars’ systems would have one or two seconds to stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian dummy. 

Car Crash Test Results

All tests evaluated 2019-2020 vehicle models with standard or optional crash avoidance technology. 

Four luxury vehicles and two non-luxury sedans earned a superior rating from the IIHS. All of these vehicles stopped before hitting a dummy or slowed enough to avoid a serious injury. They included: 

  • Audi A4 (standard)
  • BMW 3 series (standard 
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class (optional)
  • Nissan Maxima (standard)
  • Subaru Outback (standard)
  • Volvo X-60 (standard)

Seven cars earned an advanced rating: 

  • BMW 3 series (optional)
  • Honda Accord (standard)
  • Lexus ES-350 (standard)
  • Mazda 6 (optional)
  • Tesla Model 3 (standard)
  • Toyota Camry (standard)

Three cars included a basic rating: 

  • Chevrolet Malibu (optional camera)
  • Chevrolet Malibu (optional camera plus radar)
  • Mercedes C-Class (standard) 

In addition, three non-luxury vehicles received the no credit because they failed to slow enough during testing. These cars were:

  • Ford Fusion
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima

Why The Results Matter

The IIHS provides crash safety tests on all sorts of vehicles, both new and used. These tests can be valuable resources for potential car buyers, giving them access to unbiased data so that they can choose the safest vehicle within their budgets. 

Just because the best-performing cars in this particular test were luxury cars doesn’t mean that you can’t find a safe vehicle with a cheaper price tag. The most important thing is that you do your research before buying a car. A pedestrian’s life — not to mention your own — is worth the effort. 

Contact a Honolulu Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today

Cars with advanced technology can help prevent pedestrian collisions, but not without the help of a responsible driver. If you were injured walking on a Honolulu street, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. 

Not sure where to start? Arrange a free consultation with Attorney Glenn Honda. Call Recovery Law Center or use our online contact form to get started.

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