When you look at all the features on new vehicles, you’ll quickly discover how far technology has advanced in the last few years. Some of the systems used on new models look more like science fiction, but this technology is real. The question is, “Does this new technology prevent car crashes?”
Crash Avoidance Technology
In the past, engineers focused on building safer vehicles by reducing injury in a collision. Airbags and steel beams in the doors are just two of the ways cars are safer today than in past years. However, the focus has moved to preventing a collision. Crash avoidance systems available on new models include:
- Blind Spot Detection – Often paired with cross-traffic alerts, this system helps you see objects in your blind spot and warns you when something is in your way to avoid a collision.
- Forward Collision Warning – This system warns you when you are getting too close to the vehicle in front of you.
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) – AEB systems automatically engage the vehicle’s brakes if the driver fails to do so when the vehicle becomes too close to the vehicle in front of it.
- Adaptive Cruise Control – Adaptive cruise control systems adjust cruise control speed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Lane Drift Warning – Lane drift warning systems to warn a driver when the driver begins to drift into the wrong lane.
- Rear View Camera – Rearview cameras and parking sensors let you know when something is in your way as you are backing up.
- Parking Assist – A parking assist system takes over steering to guide the vehicle into parking spaces without hitting other vehicles or objects.
The above systems may be known by other names depending on the vehicle manufacturer; however, what the systems accomplish are the same. The systems are all designed to help you avoid accidents that can cause injury.
Does Technology Avoid Car Crashes?
The above technologies help avoid car crashes. Insurance companies recognize some of the safety features and offer discounted insurance premiums for vehicles equipped with certain safety features. However, there are limitations, which drivers should be aware of and remember when operating a vehicle equipped with these safety features.
First, the driver must know how to use the technology. It only works when it is turned on and in proper working order. For instance, some vehicles allow you to shut off the rearview camera, which means you are no longer able to rely on it. Another issue is that people may rely completely on the technology and fail to use other safety measures. For instance, the blind spot detection system helps you see vehicles in your blind spot, but you should always look in your rear view mirror, and side view mirrors for approaching vehicles.
Technology Does Not Avoid All Car Crashes
Your vehicle may be equipped with every new safety technology available on the market; however, you are still at risk for some collisions. Technology is unable to prevent every collision.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, contact a Boca Raton car accident attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney helps you seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. Even with new technology, accidents still happen, and you should receive an adequate settlement for your accident claim.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to speak with a Boca Raton car accident attorney. Our law firm offers free legal consultations and free case evaluations.