SUVs have an incredibly high rollover rate. To mitigate this issue, carmakers have installed a security system called Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that uses sensors to intervene on a driver's behalf when the driver is about to lose control of the car. When working properly, ESC can considerably lessen the threat of an SUV rollover accident.
The system includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, and other sensors throughout your vehicle, acting when lateral forces are at work, thus reducing the risk of skidding and rollover in driving situations. A central computer analyzes the data, and when unsteadiness is determined, ESC activates a response to keep the vehicle on course, automatically braking any of the four wheels and/or adjusting engine torque.
ESC goes by many names:
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP) - Audi, Merceds, Saab, VW
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) - BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar
- StabiliTrak - Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac
- AdvanceTrac - Ford, Lincoln
- Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) - Subaru, Nissan, Infiniti
- Vehicle Stability Assist - Acura
- Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) - Volvo
- Stability Management System - Porsche
- Active Handling - Chevrolet Corvette
When ESC works properly, research has shown that it saves lives. Five different studies projected a 30-35% reduction in single vehicle crashes, including rollovers, directly due to the implementation of ESC.
When ESC doesn't work properly, it can cause the vehicle to brake suddenly at high speeds, often resulting in rollovers or crashes.
If you've been in an accident due to a defective ESC system, you might have a case against the manufacturer of the vehicle. To find out, contact the experienced injury attorneys at VB Attorneys now. Call us at 877.724.7800 or fill out a contact form on the website.