With each passing year comes new, more up-to-date technology. Cellphones and laptops are usually the things we see constantly changing but they aren’t the only ones. Motor vehicles continuously receive updates in technology each year, with a lot of the focus being on driver and passenger safety.
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that 37,461 lives were lost on the roads in 2016, which is a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year.
With the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on U.S. roads also increasing, the fatality rate sits at 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT, which translates to an increase of 2.6 percent from the previous year.
It is scary seeing those numbers consistently increasing each year, especially since they are fatalities. Injuries from car accidents also continue to rise each year and the NHTSA contributes these accidents to factors such as distracted driving, speeding, alcohol impairment, drowsy driving, etc.
As stated earlier, the constant improvements in technology are lending a helping hand in keeping drivers and passengers safe while on the road — something to continue looking forward to.
Many different car manufacturers are creating and building their vehicles with things like automatic braking and adaptive headlights.
Automatic breaking is a great feature that uses sensors to monitor a car’s surroundings and gently applies the brakes in the event that the car is close to coming in contact with any stationary object.
Adaptive headlights use sensors to adjust a vehicle’s headlights to curves in the road. They are in tune with the steering wheel and will turn along with you, the driver. They also adjust themselves based on the speed of the vehicle and will even lower when coming up on opposing traffic or for a turn. Adaptive headlights are offered as a standard or optional feature in many vehicles like BMW, Buick, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Volvo, etc.
In addition to the aforementioned technologies, car manufacturers are working to make cellphone use while driving a thing of the past. Dashboard systems that sync seamlessly with your cell phone via an app can make it so navigation, communication, and music can be controlled with your voice or quick taps — keeping your eyes on the road instead of elsewhere.
It is comforting to know that technology is aimed at safer roads and safer vehicles, with the ultimate goal of eliminating accidents altogether. Unfortunately, accidents are still occurring, leading to injuries or even death.
If you have been in a car accident and sustained an injury you may have the right to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Liddon Law in Birmingham are ready and prepared to represent you and help get the compensation and justice you deserve.
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