Personal Injury Lawyer | Automatic Brakes
Personal Injury Lawyer | Technologies such as automatic emergency braking, obstacle detection and backup cameras are becoming increasingly common in newer cars. A few years ago, these features were only available in high-end luxury autos, but are now being included in more affordable vehicles.
Unfortunately, the sheer amount of new features is overwhelming some drivers. In response to the confusion, the National Safety Council (NSC), in collaboration with The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, launched a campaign to educate the public on how to interact with these new devices, including a website, MyCarDoesWhat.org.
Some of the new safety systems include blind spot monitors, forward collision detection, automatic braking, stability control and pedestrian detection. But there exists multiple different versions of these systems, with different warning systems, capabilities and maintenance requirements.
Some consumers report feeling uneasy or startled with the technology, unsure what different alarm noises and flashing lights indicate. Worse yet, some drivers have wrong assumptions about the efficacy of various safety systems.
For example, many drivers assume forward collision detection will automatically apply the brakes, but this is only available in some models. Another example is drowsiness alerts. The most advanced systems have a camera trained on the driver’s eyes that can detect drooping eyelids and bobbing heads. But most systems just detect lane drifting. Clearing up confusion about these differences is one of the key aims of the NSC’s program.
Each new piece of safety technology has the potential to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents. Nevertheless, you need to understand both the capabilities and limitations of your car’s specific systems. As technology continues to advance, car manufacturers, dealers and government agencies will have to make a greater effort to keep drivers educated and informed of these changes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash involving a careless driver or faulty safety device, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Clekis Law today and experienced auto accident attorneys will work to get the justice you deserve.
Since 1989, the personal injury lawyers of Clekis Law Firm have been representing injured people and their families in Charleston and throughout the Low Country. At the Clekis Law Firm our clients always come first. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence of another, don’t be victimized twice. You need someone on your side to help you with your personal injury case and obtain the fair and reasonable compensation that you deserve. Call Clekis at 843.779.1160!
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