Concerns about the Latest Vehicle Safety Technology – “Safety Begins with the Driver”

May 7, 2018 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

The Washington Post reported that there are concerns when consumers rely totally on automated vehicle systems to stay safe. An important detail of which few drivers may be aware is that some of the systems are merely intended to reduce the severity of accidents. This lack of understanding can lead consumers to place too much confidence in their vehicles’ automated technology, and as a result, take greater risks while driving. 

Safety begins with the driver - Spivey LawThere has been rigorous testing by the federal government and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), according to the New York Daily News, on the collision avoidance systems and other advancements to avoid or lessen the impact of crashes. Since the experts say that 94 percent of road accidents are the result of human failure, the new technology, they believe, should assist with lowering the number of accidents. 

Even when the latest features such as autonomous driving technology, cameras for backup, blind spot detection and inside cabin watch, digital gauges, easier Bluetooth pairing, and steering collision systems, are on vehicles, accidents continue to occur. 

Traffic safety officials say that “safety begins with the driver”. They caution drivers to stay safe on our nation’s roadways. Remain within posted speed limits; put phones away; stay alert while behind the wheel, and never drink and drive. 

In an article by Todd Spangler of The Detroit Free Press in November 2017, he asked the hypothetical question, “What does an automated car do in the situation when there is no time to stop safely and no time to take over the controls of the car when a school bus is headed directly toward you? Does the car: 

  1. Swerve sharply into the trees, possibly killing you but possibly saving the bus and its occupants?
  2. Perform a sharp evasive maneuver around the bus and into the oncoming lane, possibly saving you, but sending the bus and its driver swerving into the trees, injuring or killing the occupants?
  3. Hit the bus possibly injuring or killing everyone? 

“These are important questions for all drivers before getting behind the wheel. Safety does begin with the driver and does not stop when the driver has the latest technology. Should you or a loved one be injured in a vehicle accident, after seeking medical attention, contact our experienced team of attorneys. We are available 24/7 in Southwest Florida and have the expertise to assist you,” said Cape Coral Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey. 

 

Cape Coral 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 (1%) percent 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 the 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 Randall@SpiveyLaw.com.  Visit SpiveyLaw.com 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 239.793.7748.

 

 

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