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Are Smart Car Safety Features to Prevent Collisions With Pedestrians Working?

May 6, 2020 | Category: Pedestrian Accidents | Share

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a large 2,800 vehicle field study involving crash warning systems from the leading vehicle manufacturers. The advanced technologies in NHTSA’s research program are grouped into two categories: vehicle-based systems such as radar-based collision warning systems, and cooperative vehicle safety systems that use vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.

Are Smart Car Safety Features to Prevent Collisions With Pedestrians Working?The American Automobile Association (AAA) tested the reliability of automatic braking and other safety features and issued a warning. The technology drivers depend on to keep them safe may not do so.

In October 2019, an AAA study showed that some systems used during the day were inconstant, while at night they were ineffective.

Valerie Bailey said, “I was driving down the highway; it was dark, and I hit a tow ramp that are on the back of the big heavy iron pickups.”

Seventy-five percent of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. In real-world situations when a vehicle turns right into the path of a pedestrian, the systems did not react at all and collided with the adult pedestrian every time. AAA says it still supports the continued development of pedestrian detection systems, especially the functionality at night.

AAA reports that nearly 6,000 pedestrians lose their lives each year, which accounts for 16 percent of all traffic deaths. This number has steadily grown since 2010.

“Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, proving how important the safety impact of these systems could be when further developed,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. “But, our research found that current systems are far from perfect and still require an engaged driver behind the wheel.”

“Should you or a loved one be injured in a pedestrian accident, after seeking medical attention, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we get a monetary recovery for you,” said Collier County Pedestrian Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.

Collier County Pedestrian Accident Attorney  Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one  percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.




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