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How many lives do air bags save?

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There are many factors that can have an impact on the outcome of a motor vehicle collision, such as the type of vehicles involved in the accident (large trucks, motorcycles, etc.) and the speeds that each vehicle is traveling. When a crash occurs, air bags can have a major impact on those who are involved in the accident and whether or not they are able to survive the collision. Each year, air bags save many lives.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 44,000 lives were saved by frontal air bags between 1987 and 2015. In 2016, it is believed that frontal air bags saved more than 2,750 lives, according to the NHTSA. Clearly, air bags are an important part of motor vehicle safety and it is important for drivers to understand how air bags are deployed and make sure they are in the proper seating position.

Sadly, air bags cannot always save the lives of those involved in an accident. When a fatal accident takes place, the crash can have repercussions beyond those directly involved and may leave the loved ones of those who pass away devastated. Severe emotional pain is common, and some may never recover from the feeing of loss, but other hardships may arise also, such as financial problems. While air bags certainly help save lives, some accidents are so bad that people pass away regardless. For families who are struggling with the consequences of a fatal wreck, legal action may be necessary if another driver’s actions caused the tragedy.

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