Car parts manufacturer ZF has released safety data on external airbags as well as a strategy for developing the technology behind it. Residents of Mississippi who keep up with emerging vehicle safety tech will want to know more. The first thing to keep in mind is that external airbags, like self-driving cars, are far from being perfected and introduced to the driving public.

The safety data that ZF presented is reassuring: External airbags can reduce occupants’ injury severity by as much as 40 percent in the event of a side-impact crash. ZF’s airbags deploy from the sides of a vehicle, providing an additional crumple zone and absorbing the force of the impact like a giant pillow.

The external airbag is approximately 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide and weighs around 13 pounds. Despite these figures, it inflates in 15 milliseconds, putting it at the same level as a steering wheel airbag.

Predictive systems that deploy airbags are naturally more drastic than ones that tighten the seatbelt or adjust the suspension. That is why there are concerns, one of them being that the airbags might deploy at inappropriate times. ZF believes that lidar, radar and camera technology are advancing to the point that they can effectively address these concerns.

While some safety features can warn drivers against possible collisions, they do not prevent negligent driving. Negligence is to blame for most crashes, and those who believe they were injured through another’s negligence may be able to file a car accident claim. The process can be complicated, and the other side’s insurance company could be aggressive in denying a settlement, so victims need to retain a lawyer. Before negotiations, the lawyer might hire investigators and others to gather proof of negligence, such as phone records and eyewitness testimony.  If you’ve been injured in an accident,  call George B. Ready for aggressive representation.