Persons, who have been paralyzed with a spinal cord injury, may have limited choices in transportation, and these are usually restricted to conversion vehicles. However, that will soon change. This week, Miami-based Vehicle Production Group rolled out its first wheelchair-accessible car that has been designed specifically for use by wheelchair users.
According to the company, this is the only car that has been designed to meet vehicle guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The car is priced at nearly $40,000 and comes with an inbuilt integrated ramp, in-step, and a larger door opening. Inside the car, there is space to accommodate four people in a wheelchair and four others. The features are practical and have been clearly designed for the convenience of those who use wheelchairs. The car comes with electronic stability control, antilock brakes and extra wheelchair-friendly features, like anti-slip floors.
According to the company, demand has been brisk. The company has 4000 standing orders for the car, currently available through more than 40 dealers. In the next few weeks, the number of dealers will increase to 80.
According to the U.S. Census, there are approximately 3 million Americans above 15 who currently use wheelchairs. With features like this, there’s no need for a person to be lifted in and out of a vehicle. The vehicle offers a person extra mobility, convenience, and greater independence – all of which, as California spinal cord injury lawyers know, go a long way in boosting a patient’s self-esteem.
Persons who have suffered spinal cord injuries in auto and motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and fall accidents often find that their inability to perform the most mundane tasks like driving themselves around, bother them the most. This vehicle might help alleviate some of that stress.