Technology tends to be at the root of many distracted driving car accidents. Many collisions have been linked to texting and driving and other distractive behaviors. However, technology may curb distracted driving behaviors, and innovation in this area is greatly needed.
Many drivers illegally text and drive. Some motorists even check emails, websites, and look at maps while driving. Picking up a cellphone is not the only form of distractive driving. Arguing passengers and even eating and drinking while driving are distractive behaviors. More than 3,000 roadway fatalities are caused by distracted motorists, and many people are injured each year by distracted drivers. Many experts believe that technology will reduce distracted driving collisions.
A lane departure warning system is embedded in some modern vehicles. A lane departure warning system can alert a driver when they are about to cross lanes. A lane departure device usually emits some type of audible beep as a reminder. To avoid the warning going off every time the driver switches lanes or turns, the lane departure warning system automatically deactivates when the right or left turn signal is on.
Forward collision warning sensors at the front of the vehicle go off when the car gets too close to a motor vehicle or object. Forward collision warning systems have reduced the frequency of rear-end collisions by nearly 25 percent.
It can be tough for a motorist to ignore a ringing smartphone, even if they realize it is wrong or illegal to use a phone while driving. Rather than turning off the smartphone, some motorists invest in applications that can disable all notifications. This type of application may be used in conjunction with a smartphone’s settings to eliminate any electronic distractions. A driver who is able to de-tether from their cellphone is more able to concentrate on the road.
Some drivers may find it nearly impossible to avoid speaking on the phone while driving. For instance, a worker who frequently travels may want to be able to make calls and connections without having to stop their car. Using a Bluetooth-enabled, hands-free speaker unit can mitigate the risks associated with distracted driving. Plenty of auto manufacturers offer this type of technology standard in their latest models.
What happens when a motorist fails to brake when rapidly approaching a vehicle or object? A car equipped with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system will take over for the driver, pumping the brakes to either avoid a crash or slow the vehicle before impact. When paired with a forward collision warning system, an AEB system can lower the likelihood of getting into a serious accident by nearly 50 percent.
Drowsy driver detection systems are gradually becoming more common. By using sensors, a car can learn the signs of driver fatigue. When the driver begins to act drowsy, the vehicle can provide subtle warnings, so the motorist can safely pull over.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a subset of distracted driving. All motorists should avoid drunk driving, but some drivers still do so. Innovators are producing products that measure blood alcohol content (BAC) accurately.
Drivers investigating distracted driving safety technology may wonder if their insurance premiums will decrease, but the answer is not straightforward. Some insurers take safety devices into consideration, whereas others do not. It is always best for a motorist to shop around and find the best car insurance coverage and rates.
Distracted drivers are dangerous. If a person is hit by a distracted driver, they have the right to contact a local lawyer to pursue a legal claim. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to help piece together what occurred, as well as negotiate with insurance companies for the highest possible settlement arrangement. This allows the victim of the collision to focus on receiving medical treatment without worrying about the high costs of medical bills.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States. Some innovators are producing technology to reduce distracted driving accidents, but collisions are not entirely preventable. If you have an injury that was caused by a distracted driver, contact one of our Pittsburgh car accident lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. today. Complete our online form or call us at 412-765-1888 for a free consultation. Located in Pittsburgh, we serve clients throughout western Pennsylvania, including Allegheny County, Lawrence County, and Washington County.