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External airbags can help keep drivers safe

Statistics show that cars with external airbags could experience a reduction in accident injury severity by up to 40 percent. However, there are some issues that will need to be addressed before Pennsylvania drivers have this technology on their vehicles. For instance, it will be necessary to ensure that the airbags only deploy when intended. The airbags would use a combination of lidar, radar and similar technology to determine if a collision is imminent.

The product itself would work as an extra crumple zone in an accident. Essentially, the external airbag would work as a large pillow that could help to absorb a portion of the impact of a crash. According to research from ZF Group, an external airbag would take about 15 milliseconds to inflate, which is comparable to the airbags that exist inside of steering wheels.

The size of an external airbag could be customized to properly fit on the side of almost any vehicle being produced. While the external airbag is expected to provide safety benefits, it likely won't be available in the near future. Prior to its release to the general public, manufacturers must first perfect the product to ensure that it works as intended. Additionally, there likely needs to be greater advances in lidar and sensor technology to make it feasible for mass production.

Individuals who are hurt in motor vehicle accidents by negligent drivers may want to obtain compensation for damages. This could occur through a settlement or a trial lawsuit. An attorney may show that negligence occurred by introducing phone records or toxicology reports into evidence. It may also be possible to point to witness statements in an effort to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages an injured victim incurred in an accident.

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