Technology Reliance: A Serious Risk To Wilmington Road Users
As safety technology makes headway into many newly manufactured vehicles, drivers must understand the risks associated with many new safety features. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports a staggering number of drivers who may be too dependent on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and do not fully understand what these electronic systems can and cannot do.
These features include:
- Blind spot monitoring systems: This feature can alert drivers when a vehicle in another lane is passing or hovering in a blind spot.
- Forward collision warning: This feature emits a sound alerting drivers to slow down or stop to avoid a collision.
- Lane keeping assist: This feature alerts drivers when they begin to veer off the road or into another lane.
How safety features can increase the likelihood of distracted driving
It is estimated that these emerging safety features can prevent roughly 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries, and nearly 9,500 traffic fatalities each year. However, errors and glitches can occur, despite how reliable this technology seems to many people. In the event that a feature fails to do what it was designed to do, drivers should be ready to take control of their vehicles. Unfortunately, that’s not happening all the time.
Researchers at the University of Iowa surveyed drivers of vehicles manufactured in 2016 and 2017. They found that:
- 80 percent were unaware of blind spot monitoring limitations. Not only could the feature malfunction, it could also fail to detect vehicles passing quickly or nearby bicyclist and pedestrians.
- When it came to forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems, roughly 40 percent of drivers were unaware of the limitations. Moreover, one in six drivers were unsure if their vehicles were equipped with these features.
- 25 percent of drivers with these safety features felt comfortable enough to engage in distracted driving.
Drivers who have purchased a new vehicle should heed the warning of relying heavily on technology. This technology is only intended to mitigate accidents caused by human error, not replace attentiveness altogether. When drivers rely too much on this technology and take their attention off the road, their negligence can result in a devastating crash.
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to distracted driving, it’s important that you speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at The Law Offices of Richard Flexner will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. We’ll fight to hold negligent drivers accountable and maximize your compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.