As you shop for a new car, you will see that there are many optional safety features you can choose to invest in. People often wonder: are they really worth it? That depends on your priorities, the safety feature in question, and how much they cost. Keep reading to learn what your local Phoenix personal injury attorney thinks about your options. If you are involved in a car accident, remember to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
Many of the Best Safety Features Are Quite Expensive
With some new cars, there are some high-tech safety features that come in the standard package. This can include things like drivers’ assist features like anti-lock braking and rearview cameras. However, for the high-tech safety features, they are only going to be standard on luxury models. Some manufacturers require a buyer to choose the highest possible trim to get the best features, while others allow for add-ons.
That said, even when they allow you to add them on, they can be very expensive. Consider that a convenience or driver confident package (which are common names for driver safety packages) comes with between two or four safety features and average $1800. For many drivers, that is simply too much of a price jump to justify.
If you decide that instead of adding the features piecemeal, you will instead upgrade to the luxury model that comes with the safety features as standard features, you can expect to pay at least $6000 more than you’d pay for the standard model, and up to $9000 more.
Some of the Available Safety Features
Of course, all of these prices are meaningless if you do not have a particular safety feature in mind. Some of the most popular currently available features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning.
Some New Safety Features Appear to Be Worth the Cost
Due to the upfront cost and the high cost of repair, it is understandable that some drivers are not sure if expensive safety features are worth the cost. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the safety features that are most effective are collision reducing features. These include blind spot monitoring, collision warning, auto emergency braking, and others.
Call Today to Request a Free Legal Consultation with an Experienced Phoenix Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, do not assume that the insurance company is offering you the best possible settlement. Instead, talk to a personal injury attorney who can help. Reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation.