Six New Automotive Technologies To Help Prevent Car Accidents and Injuries
Car accidents involve a variety of factors, such as road, traffic, and weather conditions, as well as the reckless actions of other drivers. At the same time, you can help reduce your risk of being in a collision by avoiding behaviors such as speeding or distracted driving and being more aware of other drivers on the road. Recent advances in automotive technology aim to help drivers do just that, protecting both you and your passenger against potentially serious injuries.
Advanced Safety Systems
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 45,000 people are killed in car accidents each year in the U.S., and roughly 94 percent of these crashes involve some type of human error on the part of one of the drivers. To reduce the number of accidents and injuries, the NHTSA is encouraging car manufacturers to develop and employ new technology to help address some of the more common types of errors and mistakes. The following are among the latest advanced safety systems being introduced:
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Systems: Tied into the car’s computer and engineering system, these alert drivers when a crash is imminent. If no action is taken, the AEB system will override the manual braking system to stop or slow the vehicle.
- Rearview Video Systems (RVS): The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that as many as 15,000 injuries and over 200 deaths due to backover accidents occur each year, with children and senior citizens among the most common victims. RVS technology, or backup cameras, allow drivers to see behind them when reversing, helping to avoid these types of accidents.
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Systems: These monitor a driver’s speed, the speed of the vehicle in front of them, and the distance between the two, and will provide a warning if a collision is imminent, but will not take over the vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Systems: Know as lane assist, this detects if a driver drifts from their lane without applying a turn signal first. Similar to FCW systems, this will not take over your car, but simply alert you to dangerous situations.
- Lane Keeping Support (LKS): Relying on information from the LDW system, lane keeping support will correct your steering if it detects you have ventured out of your lane while driving.
- Blind Spot Detection: This alerts drivers if other vehicles are traveling alongside you in hard to see areas, preventing collisions that can occur when changing lanes.
To protect drivers and their passengers, the NHTSA hopes to make these technologies standard on all cars in the U.S. Unfortunately, even with these systems in place, accidents and injuries can occur. If you or someone you care about is injured as the result of a crash or collision, contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. Gregg Wexler can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for the damages you suffer, so you can get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact us online and request a consultation today.