In frontal impact collisions, seatbelts and airbags are intended to protect us from serious injury. In addition, in rear impacts, it is the seatback that serves as the restraint system. The seatback and head rest are intended to hold the head and torso in place when a vehicle is struck from behind. However, seatback failures occur all too commonly in rear impact collisions, often resulting in catastrophic injuries to the occupant as well as anyone sitting in the seat behind.
Advances in crash avoidance technology (CAT) means that motor vehicles are now safer than ever before. As a result of engineering techniques, new technologies, and the ability to analyze crash data, manufacturers can now build safer vehicles. While Jaime Jackson Law advocates that safety should never be an option, crash avoidance technology advances mean consumers can choose the safety features they feel best keep them safe on the road. A drawback, however, are CAT repair costs. But, what price are we willing to put on safety?
Jaime Jackson shares his reflections after a week rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Spending time with family and friends and taking time to rejuvenate, Jaime describes how the river itself offers metaphors for life, reflecting many of his own core values.