In recent years, there have been new technological advancements for vehicles made in an attempt to prevent car accidents, save lives, and reduce the risk of injury. Although not all cars have these features yet, many car manufacturing companies are implementing them in the production of their vehicles.
Many of these technologies are not available in all vehicles yet, although some have shown to prevent some accidents. However, others claim that new technology can make drivers more distracted. How effective are these new technologies, and do they actually make driving safer?
Front Crash Prevention
Rear-to-front end crashes are the most commonly reported collision on the road. In the U.S. alone, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions each year, and over 500,000 people are injured as a result. These can happen for a variety of reasons: distracted driving, speeding, or sudden stops.
More and more car companies have implemented front crash prevention features in the manufacturing of their vehicles. While these technologies can be useful in helping reduce rear-end accidents, the problem arises when drivers become more distracted when they have these technologies to lean on.
While auto braking can help reduce the risk of accidents, it can’t always avoid a crash. This mechanism can sometimes start braking before so, even if an accident does happen, it can reduce the severity of it.
One of the most talked about and newest developments in the world of upcoming car technology is self-driving cars, also known as autonomous cars. While having the potential to improve driver safety, many have serious concerns about the safety of these systems, especially ones which allow cars to steer themselves.
Although these vehicles are good at navigating traffic, they are not good at navigating unique situations or quickly reacting to unforeseen situations on the road. Because most car accidents happen swiftly and unexpectedly, it can lead to an accident when drivers rely solely on the self-driving car to do the work of avoiding a collision.
One recent instance of this occurred in March of this year when an Uber self-driving car failed to pull an emergency stop maneuver and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The person behind the wheel was not paying attention, nor expecting an accident to occur.
While this technology should help motorists drive and maneuver safer, it can actually make them less on guard. It can also be difficult to determine who is at fault if an accident occurs due to the self-driving function of a vehicle, which can leave it undetermined who is at fault for compensation injury victims in the event of an accident.
A car accident attorney may be needed to help you determine fault in the event of an injury.
Electronic Stability Control
Most drivers know the feeling of losing control at the wheel. Especially when driving in adverse weather conditions or driving a vehicle that’s prone to rollover accidents, this technology could keep drivers, passengers, and everyone around safe.
Electronic stability control (ESC) works by detecting any loss of control and automatically applying the breaks while keeping the vehicle headed in the driver’s intended direction.
This technology can be useful. The IIHS reported that it reduces the risk of multiple car, single car, and rollover accidents. However, when ESC systems fail, accidents can happen as drivers are not expecting to maneuver and stabilize the vehicle themselves.
Lane Departure and Blind Spot Warning
While on the road, many of us at some point have noticed another driver suddenly drifting into our lanes. Sometimes, it happens without us even noticing. Lane departure warnings work by letting you know if a vehicle nearby is drifting out of their own lane.
Because of the layout and build of most vehicles, drivers can have blind spots where they won’t be able to see in certain areas of the road, even with side and rear view mirrors.
While these technologies can be effective, drivers should be aware anyway of their blind spots as well as lane changes. Just because a car has the technology to possibly detect your surroundings doesn’t mean that drivers shouldn’t attempt to notice them first.
While many of these car technologies work to prevent accidents, the most they can do is give drivers a better likelihood of avoiding a crash. Many people who utilize these technologies will take it as a sure sign that they will not crash and use them as an excuse to pay less attention to the road or drive recklessly. However, they are designed to reduce the risk of accidents, not completely eliminate them.
While these features are helping motorists on the roads, they can also be equally distracting and dangerous.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
It’s important to keep in mind that accidents can still happen, and sometimes, they are inevitable. Especially when utilizing car technologies, there are some unclear liable issues and it can be difficult to determine who is at fault.
It’s important to get the best possible legal representation on your side who can help you determine who is liable. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will look at each aspect of your case to determine cause and liability if you’re injured in a car accident.
Contact our firm at (877) 661-9900 for a no-fee initial consultation to discuss your car accident case.