Air Bags for Pedestrians?

March 8, 2012

Given the high incidence of pedestrian related accidents we have in Miami, as well as how often I write about pedestrians and cyclists getting killed by cars in our city, this article immediately caught my eye. According to autoblog.com, Volvo has just come out with a pedestrian detection system and an air bag to help protect those pedestrians that end up getting struck by the car despite the detection system. These new safety features are initially available on Volvo's five door V40 model.

The pedestrian detection system is very similar to those systems already present in other luxury models (some Mercedes Benz models have it) that stop the car when they detect that the vehicle in front has stopped. The difference here is that the system is designed to stop the vehicle when a pedestrian is detected. On the other hand, the air bag for pedestrians deploys from a cavity that expands the width of the car in the area under the hood, close to the base of the windshield. As it deploys, the air bag covers the windshield, softening the impact of people who end up hitting the windshield after being struck by the car.

Kudos to Volvo! As a very concerned South Florida resident, a place where pedestrians are treated like moving targets, I hope the system proves as effective as the company hopes and that it becomes a standard safety feature, forcing the rest of the automotive industry to catch up as fast as possible.

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise in Florida

The State of Florida ranks as the 2nd state (closely behind California) with more pedestrian fatalities in the nation. The latest statistics available (2009 - 2010) show that there was an increment of 3.53 percent in the number of pedestrians killed in our state from 2009 (484) to 2010 (499). However, both the number of pedestrians injured and the number of pedestrian crashes decreased from 2009 to 2010. In 2009, 7,676 pedestrians were injured, while 7,290 were injured in 2010.

Greenberg and Stone Can Help

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If you or a loved one have injured as a pedestrian in an accident with a car, a motorcycle, a tractor-trailer, or an accident at with any other kind of motor vehicle, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Pedestrian Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious accidents with motor vehicles. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.