Vehicle safety is a primary concern, especially since car accidents remain a significant safety issue in Florida and throughout the United States. It will come as no surprise to you to learn that distraction is one of the leading causes of accidents. Distraction is often because of phones, but sometimes, the object of distraction is actually the infotainment system in the car.
Car manufacturers are working for ways to keep people safe, and now they are including some features that may accomplish that. Through various types of crash avoidance systems, your car can actually help warn you of danger and help you avoid a collision. You may want to learn more about these systems and what they can mean for your personal safety.
New systems, better safety
There is significant evidence that crash avoidance systems really can help save lives. Since the problem of distracted driving and accidents involving human error is not going away, these features are more important than ever. Some of the systems that now come in many vehicles include the following:
- Pre-crash warning system — This is a system that can warn you of a hazard ahead, making a sound or producing a vibration that will get your attention. In some vehicles, this system can also enact the automatic brake system if the driver does not stop.
- Blind-spot monitoring system — This is a system that has cameras in places where drivers may not be able to see. When there is something in your blind spot that could be a hazard, the system causes the car to alert you.
- Lane-departure warning system — This is a system that warns drivers when they are swerving and crossing over the line. This is helpful when a driver is tired or distracted.
- Parking assist system — This is a system that can help you with parking your vehicle or with driving in reverse. There are cameras that allow you to see when there is something behind you.
While these systems are very helpful, the driver is still responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel. If you are a victim of an accident caused by another driver, you may have grounds to seek fair compensation through a personal injury claim. If you think you may have a claim, you would be wise to act quickly to learn about your legal options and move forward with the appropriate course of action.