Don’t Get Too Dependent on New Vehicle Safety Features

During the past decade, the number of high-tech safety features on vehicles has skyrocketed. Beginning in May 2018, all new vehicles sold in the U.S. must have backup cameras. That feature alone makes backing up much safer, especially when children and pedestrians are nearby.

But that feature is just one of many that new vehicles tout. Other features include lane departure warnings, crash avoidance systems, blind spot warnings, and more. Some vehicles are even capable of driving themselves on highways and interstates, complete with automatic braking and acceleration in response to changing traffic patterns and the movements of other vehicles.

When combined with standard safety features like seatbelts, airbags, and safer vehicle designs, there’s never been a better or safer time to be on the road in Middle Tennessee. However, it’s important to not become too reliant on those safety features or get complacent while you’re driving. Right now, the best way to avoid a crash still revolves around being focused, aware, and cautious behind the wheel.

In addition, high-tech features can sometimes pose a risk in and of themselves by distracting drivers. The addition of backup cameras in particular means that all vehicles now have some degree of “infotainment” systems and touchscreens, which can be highly distracting while driving. Remember to keep your focus on the task at hand and not on your GPS, radio, or text messages.

At Ponce Law, we understand the challenges drivers face in our high-tech society, but when their negligence causes crashes, we hold them accountable. Contact our Nashville car accident lawyers if you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault.

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