Car accidents are often the product of driver negligence. In many cases, distracted drivers and the use of technology are to blame. Texas residents get so wrapped up in their smart phones, GPS systems and other gadgets that they cannot keep their focus on the road. While technology has caused some accidents, it is also being used to keep people safer in cars. Like many areas of people’s lives, technology is constantly being improved to ensure that driving in a car is as safe as possible.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has defined many safety features that must be present in cars in order for them to get a positive safety rating. These include a lane departure warning, electronic stability control and forward collision warning. A lane departure warning tells drivers when they may be unintentionally drifting to another lane, while a forward collision warning tells drivers if there is a possibility of an impending forward crash. Electronic stability control, on the other hand, helps to keep the vehicle stable.
These are not the only technology keeping people safe in cars today. The NHTSA says that other important technological safety features include advanced air bags that help to support a driver’s chest, neck and head in the case of a frontal car crash. Side air bags and curtains are also being used to protect people in side crashes. These work by protecting a person’s pelvis, head, chest and neck. Additionally, advanced seatbelt and head restraint technologies also work to reduce injuries in case of an accident.
While this technology goes a long way in protecting people from injuries in a car accident, it cannot completely reduce the risk. When people are injured in a car accident, they may be entitled to damages if the accident was the result of another person’s negligence. In these cases, specific legal advice — which this post cannot give — is needed.