Improvements in motor vehicle design are a luxury provided by technological advancements, including car safety features. By federal government mandate, all motor vehicles must be equipped with standard car safety features – such as airbags and seatbelts. A recent study found additional safety features could provide increased protection for vehicle occupants. Advanced driver assistance systems are quickly gaining popularity among drivers and auto manufacturers alike – and for good reason. Implementation of advanced car safety features has shown promising results in reducing fatal collisions and auto accidents.
Advancements in Car Safety Features
According to a study published by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) on collision avoidance system technology, vehicle design with improvements in front crash prevention and the addition of adaptive cruise control technology reduced serious bodily harm and property damage claims. The study examined injury and property damage claims for a particular vehicle with optional packages, including various safety features.
Of the car safety features available for the vehicle model, the driving assistance package including upgraded improvements to safety features such as adaptive cruise control saw reductions of 37% in serious bodily injury claims from car accidents. Adaptive cruise control enables a vehicle to automatically adjust its speed to maintain a safe distance between it and the vehicles ahead. Considering the impact speed has on the severity of an accident, this allows a vehicle time to correct itself by providing adequate stopping distance if needed. Other car safety features include forward collision warning that alerts drivers to objects ahead and lane departure warning. Lane departure warning alerts a driver their vehicle is close to veering out of its lane, which could cause a roadway collision with an object, vehicle, or person.
How Safety Features Help
Safety features that alert drivers can prevent accidents caused from fatigue and distracted driving, where a driver’s focus is no longer on the road and surrounding environment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving was the cause of 2,841 fatalities in 2018. Among these fatalities were 1,730 motor vehicle drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists. While there is no excuse for distracted driving – and one should always remain focused on the road when behind the wheel – alerts about upcoming objects and unintended lane changes could prevent many fatal accidents by giving drivers more time to act in advance of a crash. Additionally, depending on the vehicle, some advanced safety features can even correct a car to keep it in its lane and to stop a vehicle should the driver not react quickly enough.
The downside to advanced safety features like these is that while they help reduce serious collisions, they are neither widely available nor standard. Sadly, these safety features are often reserved for luxury models or are only offered as upgrade packages. While auto manufacturers are required to maintain current vehicle design safety standards, they are not required to equip vehicles with updated safety features like these, even with their potential to improve safety. If such technology was implemented as standard, drivers would all have a greater awareness of their environment while on the road.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorneys
Hopefully, vehicle safety standards improve and adopt these new technologies as mandatory so all drivers have access to these accident prevention tools. In the meantime, it is up to the driver to maintain control of their vehicle to keep the roads safer for everyone. When drivers fail to act responsibly and engage in reckless behavior like distracted driving, innocent people suffer. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Lubbock car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Liggett Law Group, P.C. today to discuss your case at no cost. There is limited time to act following an accident in Texas, so don’t delay.