According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for roughly one-third of all automobile crashes. Rear-end collisions carry a high risk of spine, neck, and brain injuries for victims. In an effort to prevent collisions, many automakers are offering crash-prevention technology in the newest models of cars. Despite cutting-edge technology and numerous safety features, roughly 2.35 million Americans sustain accident-related injuries each year. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another party, you should consult a personal injury attorney to learn about your legal options.
How Does Crash-Prevention Technology Work?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers whose cars feature crash-prevention technology are 78% less likely to be involved in an auto accident. Crash-prevention technology includes several different features, including:
- Rearview cameras
- Rearview parking sensors
- Rear automatic emergency braking
- Rear cross-traffic warnings
- Lane change or blind side warnings
- Forward collision indicators
Safety Features Alone Cannot Stop Car Accidents
Although crash-prevention technology can help to reduce the likelihood of a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, it cannot completely eliminate the possibility of a crash taking place. There are many reasons why accidents cannot be fully avoided, such as:
- Distracted drivers: Even with warning systems and lane indicators, a distracted driver may fail to see potential dangers. For instance, if a motorist does not check his or her side mirrors (where the lane indicators are located), he or she may cause an accident while attempting to merge lanes.
- Lack of working safety features: Not all cars are equipped with the latest technology, but all vehicles must have the most basic safety features. For example, if an individual is knowingly driving a truck without working air brakes, he or she may still collide into another car due to his or her carelessness.
- Drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Safety systems will send messages to drivers, but if a motorist is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is unlikely that he or she will heed those warning messages.
After a Collision
After an accident occurs, the negligent party may be held accountable for his or her actions. Motorists are responsible for ensuring that their vehicles contain the basic safety features needed to drive safely. For example, Wisconsin Statute 347.14 requires that all drivers must have brake lights that are in working order. Victims of a car accident can file a claim and seek compensation for damages.
Contact a Green Bay Personal Injury Attorney
Despite new safety features that are available, negligent drivers continue to endanger other motorists on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another party, you may be experiencing physical and financial effects. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our team of experienced Appleton, WI car accident lawyers can help you build your case as you seek compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office today at 920-739-7366.