With the number of vehicle-related accidents on the rise, we must find ways to improve safety on the road. Thankfully, new technology is coming out every year to help drivers stay safe while they’re behind the wheel. Auto manufacturers now equip many of their new vehicles with sensors and cameras. New technology, such as autonomous vehicles, is constantly being tested, all to enhance safety.
As far as car safety is concerned, World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that at least 1.3 million people die in vehicle-related accidents worldwide every year. The hope is that eventually, these numbers will decrease as onboard technology advances and auto manufacturers install it on more vehicles.
State-of-the-art car safety
Automakers are now manufacturing vehicles with systems that can assist in avoiding or reducing the effects of an accident in various situations. Consider some of the following safety technologies if you’re looking to buy a car:
- Forward Collision Warning: An autonomous emergency braking system uses forward-facing sensors to detect an approaching vehicle, pedestrian or other objects. These systems warn you of a potential accident and immediately apply the brakes to avoid or minimize injury.
- Lane Departure Warning: This camera system provides an array of features to monitor the position of a vehicle within a driving lane. It warns a driver as a vehicle approaches and when it travels over lane markers.
- Blind Spot Warning: This system warns motorists of any vehicles to their rear in adjacent lanes that they may be unable to see.
- Adaptive Cruise Control: Helps motorists maintain a set distance between their vehicle and one in front of them by accelerating or braking on their behalf.
Technologies like the ones described above could make our roadways safer. Until then, injured motorists or loved ones left behind after fatal crashes will have to settle with pursuing an insurance claim or taking further legal action after a Massachusetts accident occurs.