If you are a certain age, you may remember how easy it was to work on classic sports cars. You could almost fit a sofa under the hood of some models, but modern vehicles barely have enough room for the oil filter. One of the main differences in cars today is that they offer more safety features that are designed to protect the driver in the event of a collision.
A recent article from Forbes looked into how safe some new sports cars actually are. They reviewed the safety qualifications of a Chevy Camaro, a Dodge Challenger, and a Ford Mustang to determine which was the safest sports car.
All three vehicles were 2016 models, and the cars were evaluated in several different collision scenarios. None of the vehicles earned a “Top Safety Pick” award. Of the three, the Mustang was deemed the safest, and the Challenger performed the poorest on the list. Even the Camaro was deemed as having insufficient protection for the driver in a front-end collision.
As expensive as these vehicles can be, it is disappointing that they don’t provide the driver with more protection. You may find these sports car crash results eye-opening, and choose to look into car safety ratings by make and model before purchasing your next vehicle.
Safety Concerns With Modern Performance Cars
Sports cars are fun, fast, and they look great. For many sports car enthusiasts, the performance of the vehicle is paramount, and they enjoy the speed and handling on the beautiful roads and highways in North Carolina.
The one thing that many drivers may overlook, however, is safety. When it comes to driving a sports car, it is essential to remember to keep yourself and others safe on the road by obeying the posted speed limits, using your turn signal to alert other drivers of lane changes, and never operating your vehicle if you are intoxicated, distracted or fatigued.
By following the rules of the road and keeping safety in mind at all times, you can enjoy the acceleration and superior handling that many sports cars offer. When driven responsibly, these high-performance machines can redefine the driving experience. Unfortunately, when drivers get caught up in the thrill of driving an extremely fast car, or if they are distracted behind the wheel, serious injury collisions may result.
So, what should you do if you have been in an auto accident? We have provided six essential steps that you should take in the immediate aftermath of a collision:
What to Do Immediately Following a Car Accident
- The first thing to do is stay calm, and seek medical attention if you or anyone involved was hurt. Call emergency services and do not attempt to move anyone who appears to be seriously injured.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident. If your car is still operable or if it can be pushed safely, move the vehicle to the side of the road and call for help. It is in your best interest to have emergency personnel on the scene to assist you and the others involved. Don’t assume someone else has contacted 911, and don’t expect to leave until the situation has been resolved. Contact authorities immediately by calling 911.
- If you need medical help, allow trained technicians treat you. If they recommend you go to the hospital, consider their words carefully. They are trained to help you in moments of crisis, and their intentions are to maintain your wellbeing. Now is not the time to act tough.
- If you are able to remain at the scene, get contact information from people who witnessed the accident. Take pictures and notes, and do your best to document the events that took place. Chances are, at this stage, there are a lot of questions still, and taking notes soon after an accident can help you remember crucial details later.
- Contact your insurance company, and let them know that you were involved in a crash. However, you should not agree to give a recorded or written statement about the cause of the accident without the advice of a car accident attorney.
- Reach out to an experienced lawyer who can help ensure that you have someone on your side following the accident. Insurance companies have their own self-interests to protect, and they may not do everything they can to help you recover the compensation you truly deserve. Getting a qualified car accident lawyer on your side can help reduce the stress of dealing with the aftermath of a car accident alone.
Legal Help for Car Crash Victims in North Carolina
If you have been hurt in an accident, you likely do not know where to immediately turn for help. You may be dealing with hospitalization for your injuries, and if so, you might be concerned with mounting medical expenses, lost wages from time missed at work, and other associated costs. You should not have to deal with the aftermath of an accident alone, nor should you have to pay out of pocket for the reckless or negligent actions of another driver.
That’s why the legal team at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., have worked so hard to help injured people in Shelby and across North Carolina. We know the pain that a serious injury accident can cause, and we will fight for the fair and just compensation that you and your family deserve.
Contact us now by phone or online to discuss your rights and how we can help you get back on your feet. When you work with us, you know you are getting the personalized attention of a small firm, with the experience and track record of success of a large firm. The consultation is free and comes with no strings attached.
A native North Carolinian and a fourth-generation lawyer, Ralph W. Meekins literally had the desire to help those who are not able to help themselves as well as to be a practical life adviser to people in his blood.