You’ve probably noticed dangerous distracted drivers while on a Texas road. Perhaps you’ve looked over to see a driver texting while on the interstate, or maybe you saw a person eating a cheeseburger while behind the wheel. From putting on make-up to looking at Facebook, distracted driving is a serious safety concern. In fact, it remains one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country.
Most car accidents are the result of reckless or negligent actions. Human error, from distraction to driving too fast, needlessly places innocent people at risk of an accident every day. In response to this threat, automakers have started included certain safety features in many newer vehicles. It is possible that these technological advances could eventually lead to safer roads and fewer car accidents.
What could keep you safe?
Estimates suggest that there are around six million car accidents in the United States every year. In these accidents, around three million people suffer injuries, and statistics suggest that as many as 90 people die because of them every day. Some of the following technological advances may lower these numbers and reduce the chance that you or a loved one will suffer an injury:
- Lane departure warning system – This system will alert a driver when he or she is swerving or may leave his or her lane. This can be particularly useful for people who are driving long distances.
- Automated emergency braking – AEB will engage and apply the brakes automatically when a driver is not attempting to avoid a hazard, traffic ahead or other things that may be the in the path of the vehicle.
- Forward collision system – This system will engage when a driver fails to see a hazard ahead and may collide with it. It can measure the distance between vehicles and slow a vehicle if necessary.
These are just a few examples of how technology may be key in saving lives. However, a driver is still responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, no matter what features his or her car may have.
If you are the victim of another driver’s negligent or reckless choices, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering through a personal injury claim. This specific type of legal recourse may allow you to recoup your losses, secure what you need for recovery and move forward after a serious accident.