Over the last decade or so, cars have gone through a very significant change. More and more advanced technology has been used with the goal of making the roads safer.
There are a lot of different examples of new safety tech, such as:
- Blind-spot monitoring systems
- Lane departure warning systems
- Automatic front braking
- Automatic rear braking
- Disabling the GPS while driving
- Collision warning systems
- Backup camera monitoring
In short, technology isn’t always geared around helping people survive a crash, like a seatbelt or an airbag. It’s now aimed at helping people avoid these accidents entirely. This can save lives and prevent serious injuries. But is it working?
The statistics say that these measures are working
Not all systems are as useful, but the stats say that they do help. The reduction in accidents due to some types of tech has been mild (7%) and, in other cases, quite dramatic (78%). Interestingly, rear automatic braking has been the most influential. It has long been said that people spend a mere fraction of their time driving in reverse, but they have a disproportionate amount of accidents while doing so. Automatic braking and backup cameras help drivers see in a way they never could before and then stop the car before a crash, even if the drivers miss obstacles or fail to check properly.
Of course, technology can only do so much. Accidents still happen every day. Many older cars, without this advanced tech, are still on the road. If you get hit by a negligent driver and suffer serious injuries, you must know if you have a right to seek compensation to cover your injuries and other losses.