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Air bags placed outside of cars are in development

T-bone accidents on Missouri roads can lead to serious injuries. However, external airbags may be able to help reduce the destruction from those types of accidents. According to auto parts maker ZF, an external airbag could lower the severity of an occupant’s injury by 40 percent. It would act as a giant pillow designed to absorb the impact from a collision.

An external airbag would inflate in about 15 milliseconds, which is roughly the same about of time it takes an internal airbag to deploy. Furthermore, it could be modified to fit the dimensions of a vehicle. While external air bags may help keep people safe in an accident, they are unlikely to be available to consumers in the near future. This is because there is no guarantee that they won’t inflate when they aren’t supposed to.

Today, external airbags rely on lidar, radar and other sensors to determine if a collision with an object is imminent. While vehicles use predictive technology already, there is a difference between a seat belt getting tighter based on road conditions and an airbag going off. It is likely that external airbag technology faces the same timeline as autonomous vehicles as it relates to manufacturers making the product widely available.

If an individual is hurt in a car crash, they may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. In some motor vehicle accidents, multiple parties may be at fault. For instance, if a driver was making a delivery for an employer, the driver and employer could be liable for paying an injured victim’s medical bills. A victim could also receive compensation for missed wages and lost future earnings.