Technology doesn’t stop car crashes

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Among the most welcome features in new vehicles are the safety features. In decades past, car designs lacked the technology that newer cars, trucks and SUVs possess, which likely prevented many collisions. That’s not to suggest advanced technology prevents all accidents, as crashes happen in Ohio and elsewhere, even when the models on the road come with the most cutting-edge safety tech.

Worrisome statistics about car crashes and technology

Advanced technology gets some assistance from increased public awareness about dangerous driving practices. Promotional campaigns designed to promote safer driving help. Tech developed to help keep drivers inside a lane or provide alerts about cross-traffic have value. Yet, 42,915 people died in 2021, a 10.5% increase from the previous year.

The inclusion of safety technology isn’t the only innovation modern vehicles possess. Engines contain a massive increase in horsepower, and many vehicles are much larger. A powerful vehicle carrying tons of weight could inflict massive damage in a car crash. A full-size SUV or a heavy-duty pickup truck might crush a vehicle it hits head-on or even from behind.

Dangers, collisions and liabilities

Questions might arise about whether safety features could give a driver a false sense of confidence. Someone might appreciate all the safety alerts a model brings, leading the driver to worry less about speeding or committing moving violations. Others may embrace distracted driving behaviors, assuming the vehicle’s alerts will grab their attention before a collision. Ultimately, technology can only do so much to reduce motor vehicle accidents.

Drivers whose behavior rises to recklessness may face liability claims if they cause a collision. A lawsuit would likely result after a fault-based crash since victims may suffer physically and financially.