The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses a five-star rating system to measure vehicle safety. Ever since its inception in the 1990s, this system has no doubt helped to save countless lives. However, the laboratory crash tests that the rating system is based on are not as comprehensive as Florida residents might hope for them to be. A report published in October of 2019 explains it in greater detail.
The author, who works with the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, claims that the federal agency is lagging behind other countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America in the quantity and quality of its crash testing. It does not perform even a quarter of the number of crash tests that Europe performs.
NHTSA, for its part, has recognized a need for new crash test procedures and for ratings that cover technological advances in the automotive industry; in particular, advances in safety tech like pedestrian detection. It has promised to make the appropriate additions, but a lack of funding and “political will” are proving to be obstacles.
Many drivers are concerned about getting real-world data about vehicles, too. If they consulted the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, they would see how new vehicles fare, but this data is understandable only to an elite few, such as automakers and researchers.
Someone who intends to pursue a personal injury case after being hurt by a negligent driver may want to see a lawyer. If the injuries were serious or even disabling, then there’s a possibility of filing a third-party insurance claim. A lawyer may assist with each step of the filing process.