Reducing the potential for human error is key for preventing car accidents with technology.

4 Technologies That Can Help Prevent Car Accidents

Human error is a top cause of car accidents. Knowing this, many auto manufacturers are working hard to equip their vehicles with features that will help reduce the potential for drivers to make mistakes that lead to accidents. Here are some key technologies that are helping to prevent car accidents and injuries right now.

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems: Two types of braking assist technologies fall into this category. Both are designed to help prevent injuries from rear-end accidents, which typically account for about a third of all car accidents reported to the police each year. Dynamic Brake Support kicks in when a driver is braking, but not hard enough to avoid a collision. Crash Imminent Braking detects an impending crash with another vehicle sooner and stops or slows the car even if the driver takes no action.

Backup Cameras: Rearview video systems or backup cameras are designed to prevent backup crashes. These types of accidents often involve pedestrians or bicyclists being hit by a car pulling out of a parking spot or driveway. The camera turns on whenever the car is in reverse and allows the driver a view of the area directly behind the vehicle. This technology is so highly regarded for car accident prevention that it will be mandatory on all new vehicles by May 2018.

Lane Departure Warnings: This safety technology uses cameras to keep track of the vehicle’s position within the lane markings. If the vehicle starts to drift out of the lane and the turn signal is not on, it will give a warning. This can be very helpful for getting distracted drivers’ attention back on the road before they can cause a sideswipe accident. Some versions of this technology actually go so far as to take control of the vehicle and keep it in the lane for the driver.

Blind Spot Detection: This technology helps drivers make sure that there are no vehicles in their blind spots when changing lanes. Some versions of the technology provide constant updates on the status of the blind spots, while others only provide information and warnings when the turn signal is on.

Technology Isn’t Perfect

Of course, even the most technologically advanced vehicle still has the potential to be involved in an accident. If this happens due to a failure of the safety technology, it may be possible to secure compensation by filing a claim against the manufacturer. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have been involved in many major vehicle defect lawsuits against auto manufacturers, so you know we have the skills, experience, resources, and connections to help you go up against a big auto maker and win. If you have been injured by a vehicle defect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-333-0000 for help. The initial consultation with a car accident lawyer at our firm is always free.

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