West Palm Beach Drivers Shouldn’t Count on Technology to Stop Crashes

Many drivers in West Palm Beach, CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington have cars that have advanced safety features. According to AOL Autos, around 75 percent of 2014 vehicles have blind-spot detection systems as optional equipment. Two percent include this as a standard feature. Around 50 percent of 2014 vehicles also have lane detection warnings or lane-keep technology. 

These safety features are intended to reduce the potential for dangerous human errors to cause car accidents. The more technology is able to assist the driver, the less the chance of crashes — or at least that is how things are supposed to work in theory. In reality, a personal injury lawyer knows that technologies can fail and that drivers are ultimately responsible for monitoring the roads and making smart and responsible choices to keep themselves and other motorists safe.

In-Vehicle Technologies Should Not be Relied on To Prevent Car Crashes

Drivers can become too complacent when they have in-vehicle technologies in place and they may come to rely too much on these technologies. This is a problem both because tech devices can stop working or malfunction. It is also an issue because the effectiveness of many of these technologies is variable.

Recently AAA and MIT AgeLab teamed up to conduct a test in order to determine how well crash-avoidance features in cars actually worked to keep people safe and prevent collisions from occurring. Different tech features from a variety of different car makers were tested in order to get an overall idea of how these systems performed across the board. The results were troubling.

The report showed that blind spot monitoring systems had a very hard time detecting when vehicles were moving quickly. One of the times when drivers tend to rely on this system most is when they are merging on to a busy highway. This is, unfortunately, also one of the times when the system was least effective because it had a difficult time seeing the fast-moving cars that were going by.

Blind spot monitoring systems had particular difficulty identifying when a motorcycle was in the path of the driver’s blind spots. The monitoring systems detected motorcycles an average of 26 percent later than they detected passenger cars. By the time the blind spot detecting system realized that the motorcycle was there, the distance between the car and the motorcycle had dropped by 14 percent. In tests where the car was going 50 mph below the motorcycle, the blind spot detecting technology did not identify the passing motorcycle at all.

Lane departure systems had problems as well. When the car was in a construction zone or at an intersection, the systems frequently did not work correctly. Imperfect conditions on the road resulted in the system losing track of where the driver was within the lane. Worn pavement markers and inclement weather also had an adverse impact in how well the lane departure systems worked.

Drivers need to be aware of the limitations of these systems and know that they cannot rely on them to stay safe.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims in CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington and surrounding areas. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com to schedule a free consultation. 

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