The History of Car Accident Prevention and Car Safety

Have Car Accident Deaths Risen Over Time?

Have Car Accident Deaths Risen Over Time?

37,461people died in crashes in 2016. (NHTSA)

14.97%decrease in deaths From 1979 to 2005 (NHTSA)

From 1899 to 2013,3,613,732people have died in crashes. (NHTSA)

In 2015 and 2016, the trend reversed and deaths increased (NHTSA crash stats)

Car Safety Features Over Time


Car Safety Features Over Time


Edward J. Claghorn secures the first seat belt patent.

Car Safety Features Over Time


The Airflyte model from Nash Motors is the first American car to have seat belts.

Car Safety Features Over Time


Airbags are invented.

Car Safety Features Over Time


University of Southern California Professor C.F. "Red" Lombard develops and patents the motorcycle helmet.

Car Safety Features Over Time


Ford introduces “Lifeguard” safety features, including dashboard padding, recessed steering wheels and double-grip door latches.

Car Safety Features Over Time


Congress passes the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act that mandates safety equipment on new cars.

Car Safety Features Over Time


Mercedes-Benz S-Class introduces electronic anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Car Safety Features Over Time


The federal government requires driver and passenger airbags in all cars, light trucks, and vans.

Car Safety Features Over Time


Volvo releases pedestrian detection system.

Car Safety Features Over Time

Some vehicles equipped with first adaptive cruise control.

If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in a crash, you can expect the insurance company to call on its team of lawyers immediately. You should act quickly to protect your legal rights, too. Contact the dedicated South Carolina car accident attorneys at Schiller & Hamilton today.

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How Have Manufacturers Worked to Make Cars Safer?

Car Safety
  • Blind spot sensors
  • Self-braking systems
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Built-in phone-safety features
  • Side impact airbags
  • Back-up cameras

Car Safety Issues Now and Future Solutions

  • Issue: Driver error
  • Possible future solution: Self-driving cars
  • Issue: Drunk driving
  • Possible future solution: Driver Alcohol Detection Systems (DADSS) (
  • Issue: Drowsy Driving
  • Possible future solution: Drowsiness Detection Alerts (Mashable)


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