One of the newest safety features that is becoming standard on most new vehicles is the lane departure warning system. If a car is equipped with such a feature, it could be a lifesaver. If the car goes over the yellow middle line and into oncoming traffic, the system will alert the driver, allowing them to correct their mistake before an accident happens.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when used correctly this system can actually save lives. IIHS research found that lane departure warning systems can decrease injury-caused sideswipe and head-on collisions by as much as 21 percent. Yes, a simple warning ding can cut serious injuries by one-fifth.
This is truly a safety feature, and shouldn’t heavily relied on. In other words, this isn’t autopilot, and drivers should stay tuned into the road ahead of them. There are bugs, too. If the middle line is obstructed in some way, the system might not sense the line and not alert the driver in time. If the driver disables the system for some reason – maybe it’s too annoying – it also provides no protection.
Again, these systems might be very cool, handy and convenient, but they do not replace attentive driving. Distracted driving, particularly cell phone use behind the wheel, is a national epidemic. Drivers have a responsibility to themselves and others on the road to be aware of their surroundings and actively prevent accidents. Remember, the best way to prevent an accident is to be attentive and alert.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer at your earliest convenience. At attorney with years of experience in handling car accident and related personal injury claims will understand that this is a difficult and upsetting time for you, and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.