Enhanced safety systems are becoming more popular on vehicles traveling Oklahoma roads. As technology evolves, these features will become more commonplace. In the near future, items such as lane departure warning, blind spot signals and rear camera vision may become standard equipment. Most systems have proven to reduce accidents.
One safety feature that is proving especially effective is the rear collision warning and prevention technology. One major car and truck manufacturer has recently produced statistics showing the difference the new collision avoidance system makes. It compared similar models for the years 2013 through 2015 and compared the vehicles with the rear collision prevention system with those that did not have it. There were 43 percent fewer accidents for those equipped with the safety system. In addition, there were 64 percent fewer injury accidents and more than a two-thirds drop in injuries to third parties.
The rear collision prevention system works in two phases. There is an audible warning to the driver that he or she is approaching too close to an obstruction in the road. If the driver fails to correct, a second system automatically applies the brakes to the point of coming to a full stop. It is intended to not only prevent accidents it can also lessen the severity of unavoidable collisions. All major vehicle manufacturers will make these systems available for all models by 2020.
Whether or not a driver has such a safety system installed on his or her vehicle, a driver remains under a legal duty to use reasonable caution while driving. This duty includes driving at a proper speed for road and weather conditions and maintaining a proper lookout. For those injured due to a driver failing this standard of care, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney may be a wise option.