Motor vehicle companies are constantly in a race to provide potential customers
with the latest and greatest products. The current craze is crash avoidance
safety technology. Numerous companies are scrambling to put new fleets
on the market that include these updated safety features as a selling point.
Crash avoidance safety features can alert drivers to potential hazards
and dangerous road conditions. When a driver fails to take appropriate
action, the vehicle can take control by breaking or steering autonomously.
crash avoidance technology includes the following features:
- Forward collision warning
- Back-up parking assistance
- Blind spot detection
- Lane departure warning
- Lane departure prevention
- Adaptive headlights
With distracted driving accidents on the rise, crash avoidance technology
seems like a revolutionary first step in saving countless lives by preventing
accidents. There are even advanced driver assistance systems (ADA) that
are purely autonomous unless the driver wants to take control of the car
in an emergency situation. But is this level of crash avoidance technology
truly effective? Or are drivers facing new and greater risks?
A Question of Safety
Highway Loss Data Institute recently conducted a safety analysis study of forward collision warning
systems, adaptive headlights, and lane departure warning systems. Forward
collision warning systems, which re also known as “collision avoidance
systems,” are designed to prevent or reduce the severity of accidents
by using radar and cameras to detect impending collisions. Certain motor
vehicles even have autonomous brake functions that can take action if
a driver fails to respond in time. According to the report, forward collision
warning technology is incredibly effective at reducing the number of highway
Likewise, adaptive headlights also scored very highly on the study. These
headlights redirect light beams based on which direction the steering
wheel happens to be turning. This increases a driver’s ability to
see around curves and over hills at night. According to the study, adaptive
headlights have reduced the overall number of accident claims by 10%.
However, lane departure warning systems did not rate nearly as well. Ideally,
this system utilizes special cameras to keep drivers from drifting into
other lanes. Unfortunately, the cameras often have trouble detecting old
or fading lane markers. If drivers become reliant on this system instead
of using their common sense, the likelihood of an accident actually increases.
The downside of crash avoidance technology is that drivers are pressured
to obey the commands of their cars instead of focusing on the road and
relying on their own instincts and intuition. Worse, a driver can learn
to tune out the persistent sensor warnings, ultimately making the system
While crash avoidance safety features provide many opportunities to drivers,
the technology still has a long way to go. At present, it’s not
unusual for an autonomous vehicle to make a correction that actually ends
up causing an accident. Drivers owe a duty of care to others and can’t
just rely on technology when they are operating a vehicle.
Schedule a Consultation
A driver is still liable for an accident if their car’s crash avoidance
safety features are responsible for a collision. If you’ve been
injured in a
car accident due to the negligent actions of a driver, contact The Stewart Law Firm,
PLLC to explore your legal options. Our Austin car accident lawyer can
investigate your case, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary,
represent your best interests in court. Our legal team has the skills
and resources to secure compensation that reflects your legal and financial
You can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal details.
Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC
at (512) 271-5112 if you’re ready to file a claim.