All over the news and commercials, viewers are hearing of the latest new car models that provide the highest levels of safety around. New steels that can protect the passengers from new levels of accidents and impacts that are unheard of, airbags that have less of a head and chest trauma when deployed. All these additions sound great, so why is there a growing concern with car safety still? The concern isn’t as much focused now on the car’s passengers but rather those that arrive first on the scene to try and save the passengers. Due to the new models of cars, especially those electric cars that are built with numerous high voltage cables, and the heavier steels that are used in manufacturing. Firefighters who come on the scene to conduct a rescue from the vehicle are noticing that it is now much harder to rescue a victim after they have been involved in an accident.
Researchers are discovering that the cars are being made for the passengers and not for those who are attempting a rescue. There is a fine line as a result of this, drivers and passengers want to know that they are well protected, but car manufacturers also want to make sure that the car can be taken apart when in dire situations. Due to the fact that consumers today want the newest ecofriendly vehicles that are lighter in weight a fuel efficient, manufactures have to use different metals, which in turn are harder for firefighters to cut into when the time calls for it. Firefighters note that these new models of cars are making it extremely difficult to get the victim out and secured and sent to the hospital in what they call the “golden hour”. This hour is extremely significant for serious injuries in determining life or death situations. When accidents occur firefighters and medical professional acknowledge that every second matters if they plan on saving a life.
Not only that, but now that there are more models of fuel efficient cars being made, it is not as easy for firefighters to determine what action is necessary to take on the vehicle in order to save the victim. Also cars with keyless ignitions are also growing as a potential threat to those trying to save victims, because these newer cars are harder to hear if the engine is on, the potential for the car to explode is increased. While manufactures consider the options, so do the firefighters as they decide what are the new ways in which to be time efficient when attempting to save a victim. Unfortunately because of so many new styles of cars, first responders aren’t always able to save victims on time. If you or someone you know has been involved in any sort of car accident and is in need of a personal injury attorney, contact The Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr today for the legal representation that you deserve.