It can seem like technological advancements happen every day. You may have seen numerous automobile advertisements boasting various safety features on new models intended to keep drivers, passengers and other travelers safe. While these features can certainly help reduce accidents in some cases, they are not foolproof.
You and your loved ones may often walk or bike to various destinations for exercise or easier travel. However, if your travel takes you close to Maryland roadways, you know that you face the serious risk of involvement in a collision with a vehicle. Can technology help with that?
Pedestrian detection features
Many automobile manufacturers have started implementing pedestrian detection features on their vehicles. While these features could help drivers avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists, they only work at an optimum level under certain conditions. For example, if a driver is traveling at a high rate of speed, the detection device would not have time to detect a pedestrian and stop the vehicle in time to avoid a collision.
Research also shows that many of these devices are ineffective at night, and the majority of pedestrian accidents take place after dark. As a result, they are essentially useless at avoiding nighttime pedestrian collisions. Plus, these devices often work best at detecting a pedestrian directly in front of a vehicle. As a result, if a driver makes a right turn and encounters a pedestrian, the device may not stop a collision.
Drivers still pose serious risks
Though safety features like pedestrian detection, lane departure sensors, automatic braking, blind spot alerts and more have the intention of making driving safer, some individuals drive more recklessly or negligently because they rely on these safety features to alert them to a problem or to avoid a collision rather than paying attention and driving safely themselves. Since these detection and safety devices working is not a guarantee, serious crashes can still occur due to these negligent drivers, despite the safety features of their vehicles.
Human error is one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents, and though technology can help offset the chances of some of those errors, they have yet to prevent all accidents from happening. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries while walking or biking due to a vehicle driver causing an accident, you may have reason to file a legal claim in order to seek compensation for resulting damages.