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Self-Driving Cars versus Technology-Based Safety Features – Which One is Saving Lives?

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Joliet car accident injury attorneysWhen it comes to accidental deaths and injuries in America, one thing is certain: auto accidents are a major contributor. What is less clear, however, is whether self-driving cars or technology-based safety features are worth the money. The following examines these two purported safety options, and explains how injured victims can pursue compensation if an accident occurs.

Self-Driving Cars – A Promise Unfulfilled?

It seemed that every major technology company was in a race to develop and release the first fully automated car. They claimed that these vehicles could save lives, and that they would potentially eliminate driver-based accidents. Unfortunately, as these cars take to the road, it appears these promises may remain unfulfilled. 

Although it is true that human error is responsible for more than 90 percent of all accidents, driverless cars seem to have an even higher crash rate than conventional vehicles. In fact, one study determined that self-driving cars crash twice as often as human-driven vehicles. This may be due, in part, to the low number of self-driving cars currently on the road, but experts say it goes much deeper. They say the main issue is that self-driving cars are unequipped to handle the unpredictability of pedestrians, wildlife, and other drivers. As such, these vehicles are highly susceptible to crashing.

Technology-Based Safety Features Offer Mixed Benefits

Today’s top-rated cars are pulling out all the stops and implementing technology-based safety features that sound both fancy and futuristic. From lane departure assist to adaptive headlights that swivel as you turn the steering wheel of the vehicle, these safety extras can cost consumers some big bucks. Are they worth it?

A study from Consumer Reports indicates that collision-avoidance technologies offer mixed benefits to consumers. Some may, in fact, improve the safety of conventional vehicles, but others may be more annoying than safe, and could end up being a waste of money. Which ones should you look for in your next vehicle? Consumer Reports says the following features are worth the extra cost:

  • Rear cross-traffic alert,
  • Pedestrian detection and braking,
  • Forward-collision warning and autobrake,
  • Drowsiness detection,
  • Blind-spot monitoring and assist, and
  • Rear cameras and parking assist (especially on larger vehicles).

When an Accident Happens to You

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact Mevorah Law Offices for assistance. Our seasoned Joliet car crash lawyers are dedicated to your best interests and we will protect your rights, every step of the way. No matter what the situation, we will aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. Learn more about how we can help with your personal injury case. Call 815-726-9200 and schedule a free consultation with us today.

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/10/31/study-self-driving-cars-accidents/74946614/

http://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/collision-avoidance-systems-are-changing-the-look-of-car-safety/

 

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