Many of today’s automobiles come standard with safety technology. These safety features can help reduce the likelihood of auto accidents on Providence roads. However, when drivers rely too much on this technology, it can pose serious risks to everyone on the road.
What new safety features are drivers relying on?
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), drivers are becoming more reliant on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These features offer automated and adaptive vehicle functions that can help drivers avoid accidents. They include:
- Blind spot monitoring systems: This feature offers a surround view and detects vehicles passing in blind spots.
- Forward collision warning: This feature uses sensors to detect potential collision hazards and alerts drivers by emitting a sound.
- Lane keeping assist: This feature can prevent lane-departure accidents by alerting drivers when they begin to veer off the road or into another lane.
ADAS features can increase distracted driving
AAA estimates that more 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries, and nearly 9,500 deaths can be prevented each year with this technology. However, it is important for drivers to understand that these systems can experience occasional failure. That’s why engaging in distracted driving while using these features can be especially dangerous.
Many drivers of vehicles manufactured in 2016 and 2017 are shockingly reliant on ADAS technology and unaware of its limitations, according to a survey conducted by researchers at University of Iowa. The survey found:
- 80 percent of drivers reported being unaware of the limitations of blind spot monitoring systems, which can fail to alert drivers of nearby bicyclists and pedestrians, or vehicles passing at excessive speeds.
- About 40 percent of drivers reported being unaware of the limitations of forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems. Some drivers were also unsure if their vehicles came standard with these features.
- 25 percent of drivers reported engaged in distracted driving after becoming comfortable and reliant on ADAS technology.
While ADAS technology can be reliable for the most part, it’s crucial that drivers always remain in control of their vehicles in the event of an error. Failure to do so can put other road users’ lives at risk. Additionally, drivers who use ADAS systems irresponsibly should be held accountable if their negligence caused an accident.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a crash due to distracted driving, it’s important to understand your rights when filing a claim. An experienced Providence auto accident attorney can handle your claim and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Contact us today and find out what we can do for you.