How to Check Your Car’s Safety Rating

During 2013, there were more than 250 fatal car accidents throughout the state of Connecticut. Looking at statistics like this is enough to make anyone look for ways to keep themselves and their families safe on the road. The truth is that the structure of the vehicle a person is driving may have a lot to do with whether an accident causes just some injuries or whether these injuries prove fatal.

As a means of keeping the consumer informed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs annual tests on a majority of the vehicles released on the market. They rate each vehicle on a scale from one to five stars, with five being the best. The NHTSA provides a rating in four separate testing areas, including frontal crash rating, side crash rating, rollover rating, and overall rating.

The NHTSA makes obtaining this information very easy through its convenient website. This site categorizes the vehicles by years, with cars from 1990 to 2010 being in one database and cars from 2011 to the current year in a separate database. Users should select the tab that fits the year for the vehicle they are checking. Once this section has been made, the user can search through a large database of cars based on the vehicle's make and model, class, or manufacturer. As soon as the car in question has been selected, the details of the car’s safety tests will be displayed.

The NHTSA also makes it easy for current and potential car owners to check to see if the vehicle they own or the vehicle they are considering purchasing has any recalls. By simply typing in the car’s VIN number, online users will be directed instantly to the vehicle's entire recall history. Having all the recall issues taken care of properly can help to avoid a car accident in the future.

While it is always a good idea to purchase a vehicle that has a high car safety rating, other precautions should also be taken, such as always wearing a seat belt, keeping the vehicle well maintained, and avoiding cell phone use while driving.

However, no matter how good the car is or how careful the driver is, a car accident can still occur, even an accident with injuries. If this does happen, the legal team at Carter Mario Personal Injury law firm can help. With many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of personal injury laws and regulations, their legal experts know what it takes to protect the rights of their clients.