Today, many cars sold in El Paso, Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss and throughout the United States have advanced safety features and accident avoidance technologies. In 2014, around 3/4 of all cars sold in the United States offered the option to have a blind spot detection system included. Two percent of 2014 vehicles actually had a blind spot detection system included as part of the car’s standard equipment. In that same year, 50 percent of cars sold in the U.S. had the option to include a lane detection warning system or lane keep technology intended to prevent motorists from veering out of the lane they are traveling in.
Safety technologies can help to reduce human error by alerting people to dangerous situations. However, a personal injury lawyer knows that when drivers come to rely on these technologies, this can be very dangerous. Drivers need to pay attention to what is going on around them and react to stimulus. If motorists become too reliant on safety technology, they may become complacent and not pay as much attention as they should. These technologies could fail entirely, or they may simply be unreliable. This would leave motorists in serious peril.
Drivers need to be aware that they should not depend upon crash avoidance technologies to protect them and prevent accidents. No matter how advanced you car has become, you are ultimately responsible for driving the vehicle safely and protecting yourself and others.
Are Vehicle Safety Technologies Effective?
With so many drivers opting to have crash avoidance technologies installed, it is important to measure how efficient these add-ons are at doing their jobs. AOL Auto recently published some troubling reports that emerged from a joint study conducted by MIT’s AgeLab and AAA. The study involved looking at several common safety features and determining how well they worked. Multiple different vehicles from varying car manufacturers were tested to get an overall idea of how all of these technologies performed.
The research found that blind spot detection systems did a pretty bad job of identifying cars that were moving quickly. These systems also did not do very well in spotting motorcycles that were in the driver’s blind spot. On average, the blind spot detection systems spotted the motorcycles 26 percent later than the system spotted passenger cars. By the time the blind spot detector realized that a motorcycle was there, the car was just 14 feet away from the motorcycle. In situations were the motorcycle was going 50 miles-per-hour or more faster than the car, the blind spot detection system actually never picked up the motorcycle.
Many drivers rely on blind spot detection systems when they are using freeways, as these systems can seem convenient when merging or changing lanes. This is a problem since these systems tend to perform poorly under conditions when cars move fast.
Lane departure warning systems also did not perform well under many different road conditions. When the pavement was wet or the weather was bad, the system didn’t work. Worn pavement and construction zones also created problems for these systems.
The fact that these technologies are so imperfect is a clear illustration of why motorists need to rely on their own common sense to stay safe, rather than on technological advances.
An accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help victims of injury in El Paso and suburbs including Socorro, Horizon City, and Fort Bliss. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or visit www.michaelgopin.com to schedule your free consultation.