Today’s roads have the potential to be safer than ever before, thanks to the latest innovations in crash prevention technology. Keep reading if you would like to learn about some of the options that come standard or are available as optional features. If you are in an accident and you require a free legal consultation to determine your options, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for help.
Electronic Stability Control
This can prevent your vehicle from sliding out of control if you are on a slippery road or curve. It works by either reducing engine power or momentarily applying the brakes. It is a standard feature on any vehicle manufactured in 2012 or later. This is a very important addition because stability control reduces a driver’s chance of being in a fatal single-vehicle crash by 50%.
Lane Departure Warning and Prevention Systems
A prevention system can actually try to steer your vehicle back into the lane you are supposed to be in, while a lane departure warning alerts you that your vehicle is drifting out of its lane. It does this with steering wheel vibrations, beeping sounds, or flashing lights on the dashboard. Studies show that this safety feature can reduce single-vehicle head-on car accidents, and sideswipe accidents by 11%.
Blind Spot Warning Systems
This warning system is made to tell you if there is a vehicle in a blind spot when you are attempting to change lanes. It works by using radar and alerts you via a light by your side mirror and/or vibrations to your steering wheel. This warning system can lower the chance of a lane-change accident by 14%.
Cross-Traffic Alert Systems
If another vehicle is approaching your vehicle from the side, and you have a cross-traffic alert system, it will alert you. This can help when you are backing out of a parking space, crossing an intersection, and at other times. Cross-traffic alert systems have decreased backing accidents by 22%. Rearview cameras have also reduced backing up accidents by 17% so these accidents are much less likely with today’s technology.
Forward Collision and Automatic Emergency Braking
A forward-collision warning tells you if there is an imminent collision. Automatic emergency braking brakes your vehicle to stop it and avoid a collision. Front-to-rear accidents have gone down by more than 25% with forward-collision warnings, and by an incredible 50% with automatic braking systems.
Of course, these systems cannot prevent all accidents. If you are involved in an accident, are injured, and the accident was the result of someone else acting negligently or recklessly, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.