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New features on SUVs aim to reduce crash rates

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have increased in popularity during the past few decades. Many consumers have been drawn to them because of their ability to carry both passengers and cargo.

Others have flocked to them because of their towing abilities or because they allow motorists to sit up higher than they otherwise would. Four-wheel-drive models afford motorists an enhanced ability to tackle wet roads and to traverse rugged terrain.

While there are many positives associated with SUVs, there are just as a many negatives. One of perhaps the most glaring negatives that most hear associated with SUVs is how their height impacts their handling. They aren't as responsive as smaller passenger cars. Rollover crashes often result if any abrupt maneuvers are attempted. Another common complaint about SUVs is that they get poor gas mileage.

Since SUVs are top heavy and run such a high risk of rollover, they often come equipped with a variety of airbags, including front dashboard airbags as well as side curtain ones. In the case of the latter, they deploy to cover all side windows. Car manufacturers began installing these on larger vehicles in an effort to ensure passengers weren't ejected from their cars during rollovers.

Another safety feature that most newer SUVs have is a computerized feature known as an electronic stability control. It's a feature that can be activated to automatically brake the vehicle if it seems destined to slide sideways.

After countless years of motorists running into young children or pets who weren't visible to them from so high up, car technology designers came up with rear backup cameras and alert systems. These have helped countless motorist avoid colliding with other cars, buildings and people.

New technology can also sense if a motorist doesn't appear to be braking for a car in front of them, can help motorist identify objects in the blind spots and can alert drivers if they seem to be swerving in their lanes or changing them without using a turn signal.

While many different features on SUVs are aimed at reducing the incidence rates of crashes, they can't prevent everything. If you've suffered serious injuries after being struck by a negligent driver, then a San Bernardino SUV accidents attorney can advise you of legal remedies available to you in your case.

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