While driverless cars that could eliminate crashes altogether still only exist as a prototype, advanced crash avoidance technology already exists in many vehicles, to varying degrees. Although this technology is still not foolproof in terms of preventing all crashes, it certainly does help drivers avoid some crashes that might otherwise occur, and it is increasingly a part of newer vehicles as they are manufactured.
Automation in the form of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping support can assist drivers in avoiding common driving errors, such as failing to maintain one’s lane, which might result in accidents. Other advanced technologies provide warnings or assistance to help avoid crashes. These technologies include automatic braking, front crash prevention, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, park assist, and backover prevention. Advances also are occurring in the area of smart transportation systems, which can allow vehicles to communicate with one another and/or communicate with road infrastructure.
Front crash prevention is one type of vehicle technology that has proven to be instrumental in preventing crashes. Vehicles with front crash prevention technology are less likely to rear-end other vehicles, which helps avoid crashes and injuries. This also results in fewer insurance claims for property damages and personal injuries.
Electronic stability control (ESC), which is an older form of technology that is standard on vehicles made in 2012 and later, is an extension of antilock brake technology. These technologies help drivers keep better control over their vehicles on curves and slippery roads. Studies have shown that ESC can cut the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash in about half, as well the risk of fatal rollovers by as much as 80%.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, provides an interactive web page on which you can input a vehicle’s year, make, and model, in order to determine its safety features. In looking for a new vehicle or evaluating the safety of an older vehicle, you can use this information to ensure that you choose the safest available options for you and your family.
When an accident causes serious injuries to you or a loved one, the impact can be devastating. Although some accidents are just that – accidents – others are caused by the negligence of another, such as an inattentive or distracted driver. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call Boller & Vaughan today and learn how our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys can advocate on your behalf.