Car Safety Features Will Never Replace Driver Responsibility
There are inevitable trends concerning the future of car technology. These include new car models that are equipped with a variety of safety features. These features can be useful in reducing the rate of traffic collisions caused by human error, but they can also have other unintended consequences.
Pros & Cons of New Safety Features
Findings from the Institute for Highway Safety indicate that two emerging safety features have been piloted by vehicle manufacturers, including:
- Adaptive cruise control. This feature is meant to prevent rear-end crashes by maintaining a safe distance behind the car in front of you and detecting when a car will stop.
- Active lane-keeping. This feature is meant to stop drivers from veering between lanes. It is particularly useful when navigating roadways with multiple curves.
These features are seemingly promising innovations, but they are also prone to malfunction. Adaptive cruise control has been tested in four distinct situations: when the leading vehicle slows down, when the leading vehicle stops suddenly, when the leading vehicle stops then accelerates, and when the leading vehicle changes lanes. The feature functioned as intended in most cases, but there were times when it failed.
Active lane-keeping has been tested on roads with curves and hills. It was found to be effective in most cases, but there were times when the driver was required to override the steering assistance feature to keep the car in the correct lane.
One of the main risks associated with these novel safety features is distracted driving. When a driver becomes too comfortable and dependent on technology, they could have a greater chance of taking their focus off the roadway.
A survey conducted by Esurance found that most drivers who operate vehicles with semi-autonomous features admitted to driving while distracted:
- Sometimes distracted: 21% of participants
- Occasionally distracted: 43% of participants
- Rarely distracted: 36% of participants
Compared to drivers who drove vehicles without semi-autonomous features, the figures showed notably reduced rates of distracted driving:
- Sometimes distracted: 16% of participants
- Occasionally distracted: 39% of participants
- Rarely distracted: 45% of participants
Human Error Is Still at Play
These new trends in safety technology are only meant to correct certain aspects of human error, not remove it entirely. Even in the most current and up-to-date safety features, malfunctions still happen. Drivers should uphold their duty of care and stay focused on driving.
New Mexico Distracted Driving Crashes
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, it is crucial that you understand your legal rights. You could possibly need to undergo extensive physical therapy, leaving you unable to return to work. Medical bills pile up fast, and when you can’t work, covering the costs can become difficult.
The firm of Will Ferguson & Associates has helped countless victims recover after sustaining injuries in an auto accident. Our New Mexico car accident lawyers believe that the law is meant to help those who are harmed in an accident recover deserved compensation. Contact our law offices at (505) 243-5566 to see how we can help you.