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More Older Vehicles on U.S. Roads

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With many automakers on the fast-track to developing hands-free technology and other high tech gadgets for cars, a recent study shows that they may be ahead of the tide. According to research by consulting firm IHS Automotive, the average vehicle in the U.S. is now 11.5 years old, which means Americans are holding onto their vehicles for longer.

More older vehicles on the road also poses a greater risk for injuries during an auto accident. Our experienced team of legal professionals are highly knowledgeable in auto accident litigation and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

IHS stated that the number of U.S. vehicle registrations has grown to a record 257.9 million vehicles, an increase of two percent over the year before. Since the company first started tracking the number in 2002, the average age has been steadily increasing.

Increased reliability has meant that drivers can hold onto their cars for longer. The average length of ownership for a new vehicle is not almost 6.5 years. For a used vehicle, it is five years.

Although there is no rule for how long you can continue driving a vehicle, there are significant differences in the safety features in cars from a decade ago when compared to today’s vehicles. Experts say you should not drive a vehicle that does not have electronic stability control or side curtain airbags.

The vehicle safety features were simply not the same ten years ago as they are today, which means older vehicles pose a greater risk for being injured during an auto accident.

As your dedicated Kansas City auto accident lawyers, we have years of experience representing the injured and can help you get the compensation you deserve after an auto accident.