A little-known luxury SUV that was loaned to Tiger Woods for a sponsored tournament in Southern California may have saved his life. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the legendary golfer was driving a Genesis GV80. Woods lost control of the SUV when he was driving in the Palos Verdes area the morning of Feb. 23. The vehicle rolled over leaving the 45-year-old Woods with a shattered right shinbone and calf bone. He underwent elaborate leg surgery the same day and is said to be recovering.
Vehicle’s Interior Was Intact
Many are praising the superior safety features of the car for Woods’ survival. The car has a cruise-control system, which adapts to the driver’s motoring style and noise cancellation to dampen street sounds. The $50,000 SUV, sold by Genesis, an automaker owned by Hyundai, comes with 10 airbags, a forward-collision warning system, an interior camera to warn drivers if they doze off at the wheel and evasive steering technology.
The SUV has won praise for its design and safety features and competes with vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. However, in spite of the airbags deploying, the footwells of the car were not as well protecting, explaining why Woods suffered injuries to his legs. Police said the golfer was “lucky to be alive” after he crashed into a street sign, a tree and rolled the vehicle several times.
An officer, who was first to respond to the accident scene, said the car and the fact that Woods was buckled up, saved his life. Sheriff Alex Villaneuva said that the front end of the SUV was completely destroyed but the interior was more or less intact.
Crashworthiness Can Make a Difference
Tiger Woods’ car accident is an example of how safety features can help prevent catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Our auto defect lawyers have maintained, however, safety features that can save lives should never be considered “luxury” additions to vehicles. In fact, many safety features don’t cost a whole lot to incorporate. Being alive after a car accident is not an option that only the wealthy should have. If automakers have the technology to build certain safety features in the vehicle, providing those valuable features to consumers would be the right thing to do.