Modern vehicles are now equipped with a wide variety of auto safety equipment and devices. These means of injury prevention have been developed and fine-tuned over many years of car manufacturing, often as a result of injuries and death suffered by victims of car accidents. Auto manufacturers have learned many lessons from design of their vehicles and safety devices, often through the sad results of motor vehicle accidents.
Some of the significant advancements in auto safety include airbags and seatbelts. It is almost hard to believe that it was not until the 1980’s that states started requiring use of safety belts in motor vehicles. Until that time, passengers and drivers were often catastrophically injured and killed each day in car accidents, as a direct result of being thrown around within their vehicle during an accident, or even thrown from the vehicle through an open window, broken windshield, and dislodged door or through other means.
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New safety features are making cars of today even safer. Protection of occupants in the vehicle is one goal, but safety devices also focus on collision prevention and minimization of risk of accidents. Although these safety devices, systems and features exist, the number of car accidents on Arizona roads each day continue to rise.
It is important that you seek compensation for your suffered damages or injuries in an auto accident, when you are not at fault and another driver has failed to observe the laws of driving or safe operation of his or her own vehicle. By gaining the help of an experienced car accident lawyer, you can gain compensation for your injuries and other damages. Such cases are also where manufacturing flaws or other negligence are often discovered, leading not only to repayment of your expenses and other compensation, but also clear penalties and record for problems manufacturers need to note when building today’s vehicles.
New features of today’s cars include forward collision warning systems, electronic stability control and other systems. These are designed to protect passengers and drivers from injuries, but also to prevent accidents altogether. The newest vehicles, like those expected to take over the market by 2020, include self-driving vehicles that are able to make decisions and take action when drivers fail to do so. Self-driving vehicles alert drivers and can even stop the car or truck before colliding with another vehicle or other object in the roadway.
A newer feature but one that has proven itself in reduction of risk of collisions, the forward collision warning system is now part of many vehicles auto safety features coming off of assembly lines. Also called crash avoidance systems, these devices most often involve visual and sound alerts when something is detected in the roadway ahead or otherwise in the path of the vehicle in motion. Pedestrians, objects, debris and other vehicles can all be detected. After the system realizes there is risk for a collision, it may go so far as to apply the brakes for the driver. These systems that use automated braking as part of collision warning are proving to be the most effective in prevention of accidents.
Another popular feature that has proven effective in accident prevention is the lane departure warning. Lane departure warning systems warn the driver that he or she is veering the vehicle out of the designated lane. This can help reduce risk of drowsy driving accidents, in which motorists commonly veer out of their lanes when falling asleep behind the wheel. These systems are designed to detect such veering and sound an alarm to catch the driver’s attention.
Electronic stability control systems are standard auto safety equipment for many of today’s vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks and other large automobiles. Such systems are designed to help keep drivers in control when environmental conditions create the possibility for skidding or slipping on the pavement. Electronic stability control systems help drivers when turns are being executed and also to reduce risk of rollover accidents, such as those occupants of SUVs commonly suffer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required that all passenger vehicles under 10,000 pounds feature an electronic stability control system.
Technology that assists drivers through increased braking power helps to ensure cars are more effectively stopped in an emergency. When a driver is not applying the brakes well enough to stop the vehicle in avoidance of a collision, these systems activate and help through maximum pressure. Brake assist technology is often used to avoid rear-ending accidents.
Luxury vehicles have adaptive active headlights today and all vehicles may possess this safety feature in the future. Adaptive headlights react to the turned steering wheel, aiming the light beams in the direction of the turn. This adaptation is designed to help reduce the number of nighttime accidents or those occurring in inclement weather conditions, such as fog, rain and snow.
Heads-Up Displays (or HUD) project driver information onto the windshield, instead of just within the dash, to keep the driver’s eyes on the road when checking speed, fuel level and other information.
Each of these technological developments in auto safety manufacturing and design are not created to help drivers engage in dangerous behaviors, such as drowsy driving or distracted driving. Even the most advanced vehicles, like those employing self-driving technology, still must be driven by a human who is alert and paying attention behind the wheel. Safety features do not prevent all accidents, but are intended to make driving safer for everyone on the road.
When you suffer injuries or other damages in a car accident, it is important that you speak with a personal injury and auto accident attorney to gain insight regarding your rights to compensation. You may be owed such compensation by the other driver, manufacturers or other negligent parties contributing to the cause of your accident. Call the Arizona auto accident attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Accident Law now at (602) 691-7278 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your auto accident case.
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