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Are Vehicle Safety Features Reducing Car Accidents?

As technology advances, so does the ability for cars to be equipped with features that can reduce or prevent car accidents. Despite this advancement, many drivers still need to take full advantage of the safety features available to them.

Let's explore how driver safety features can help limit car accidents.

Proven Technologies Adapted for Vehicles

Proven vehicle safety features have successfully reduced car accidents, but they aren't being utilized as widely as expected.

Rearview Cameras

Now standard on new cars, rearview or backup cameras can benefit those who may have difficulty seeing objects behind their vehicle while reversing. The camera displays live video on the dashboard, allowing drivers to quickly see what's happening behind them. This can help reduce the number of rear-end collisions and backover incidents involving small children or animals.

Automatic Emergency Braking

This technology is designed to detect obstacles in front of or behind the vehicle, such as cars or pedestrians. When activated, it will apply the brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of a potential crash.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This system uses sensors and cameras to detect vehicles ahead and adjusts speed accordingly to maintain a safe distance between them. This feature can benefit long-distance drivers who can set a desired speed and adjust the car as needed, helping limit collisions that occur while cruise control is in use.

Lane Departure Warnings

This feature detects when a vehicle is straying from its lane and alerts the driver. Some systems will even provide a sensory reminder or adjust the steering wheel to keep the car in the appropriate lane. This can help reduce collisions caused by distracted or drowsy drivers.

How Drivers Can Ensure Safety

Drivers should always be familiar with their vehicle's safety features and how to use them properly. Most cars have user manuals detailing how each system works, so drivers need to read and understand them. Additionally, drivers should always ensure their safety systems are regularly maintained. This can include taking the car in for regular inspections to check the sensors and cameras or replacing any worn brake pads or tires.

Advocating for the Injured

Vehicle safety features have been proven to reduce car accidents, but only when used correctly. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from a car accident, call our firm at (312) 888-8700 today. With over $100 million obtained on behalf of our clients, our team at McNabola & Associates, LLC has a track record of success advocating for our clients.

Call us today at (312) 888-8700 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.