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AAA uncovers dangerous overreliance on car safety tech

Drivers in Florida who use car safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking run the risk of becoming complacent on the road. It should be kept in mind that such features are meant to assist, not replace, drivers. However, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that overreliance on car safety tech is a widespread trend.

This overreliance is linked with a lack of understanding of the limitations of each feature. According to the AAA report, 80 percent of drivers with blind-spot monitoring overestimate the system's ability to detect fast-approaching cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Even worse, 20 percent of drivers place so much trust in the monitoring capabilities that they neglect to look for oncoming vehicles when changing lanes.

Over 40 percent of those with automatic emergency braking cannot tell this system apart from the forward-collision warning system. The latter, also known as a collision avoidance system, does not take action but merely gives a warning. Adaptive cruise control has led 29 percent of drivers to feel comfortable doing other activities when it is on.

Misleading marketing for car safety features may be partly to blame for this trend. Another factor is that dealers, car makers and rental companies are failing to educate their customers about the limitations. If not reversed, the trend could prevent many drivers from adapting to semi-autonomous vehicles.

Someone who has been injured in a crash through no fault of their own will want to find out how the other party was negligent. Overreliance on technology can be considered a form of negligence. In such cases, the victim may want to consult with an attorney who works in auto accident law. A lawyer could handle all negotiations for a settlement out of court.

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