Does Accident Avoidance Technology Really Work?

If you purchased a new vehicle in the last few years, you know they tend to come equipped with an entire suite of accident avoidance technology. The idea is to help keep motorists and their passengers safer on our roadways – but is this technology working as intended? Are we really safer out there? The results are mixed but are, nonetheless, interesting. The better you understand your vehicle’s accident avoidance technology, the more likely it is to help keep you safe behind the wheel. If a negligent driver leaves you injured in a traffic accident, it’s time to consult with an experienced Round Rock car accident lawyer. 

Some Accident Avoidance Technology Is Helping 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some driver assistance technologies are actually reducing the number of crashes on our roadways. The IIHS goes on to share, however, that driver response and driver acceptance of such technology are essential to its success. If drivers don’t trust the technology’s effectiveness, don’t understand the warning systems, become overwhelmed by warnings, or don’t respond accordingly, the systems are rendered null and void – at best. 

The fact is that interpreting warnings from multiple accident avoidance technologies can confuse or even distract some drivers. Understanding when accident avoidance mechanisms are in play, how to use them, and how to take over when they’re no longer available or they fail to engage is a delicate balancing act, and most drivers likely require some degree of training to get it right. 

Front Crash Prevention: A Success Story

A front crash prevention system incorporates a variety of sensors, cameras, radar, and more to determine when your vehicle moves too close to the vehicle in front of it. This accident avoidance technology will typically issue a warning and will precharge your car’s brakes to maximize their effectiveness when you ultimately hit them. Most systems will even brake for you if you don’t respond in time. 

Front crash prevention systems are more and more prevalent – with most automakers committing to make the technology standard by 2022. Ultimately, vehicles with front crash prevention systems are far less likely to rear-end other vehicles (as compared to like models without the accident avoidance technology). When combined with automatic braking, the statistics are even better.

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention

Warning systems that track your vehicle’s position within the lane and alert you to the danger of accidentally straying across the lane’s markings (when your blinker isn’t activated) have yet to reduce insurance claims. Nevertheless, these systems have reduced the number of certain kinds of accidents being reported to the police. 

If the Negligence of Another Driver Leaves You Injured, You Need an Experienced Round Rock Car Accident Lawyer

While there is plenty of accident avoidance technology out there, the jury is still out on much of it. Nevertheless, such technology continues to march forward. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured, Elissa Henry at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, in Round Rock is committed to aggressively advocating for your claim’s best possible outcome. For more information, please contact us online or call us at (512) 766-4529 today.