Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and we are seeing more and more vehicles being manufactured with various driver assistance technologies that aim to keep motorists and those sharing the road with them safe. While some of the newer vehicles come equipped with various features, others do not which means it is up to the driver to decide whether or not they want to add on any driver assistance technologies. If you are in the market to purchase a new vehicle or are buying a car for your newly licensed teen, there are various safety features to choose from.
To help you understand what they are as well as what they do, below we are sharing with you a brief description of some important safety features you might consider adding on to your vehicle based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Rear Automatic Braking. With this feature, your vehicle will automatically apply the brakes for you “to prevent a rear collision when backing up.”
- Traffic Jam Assist. This “automatically accelerates and brakes your vehicle along with the flow of traffic, and keeps your vehicle between lane markings — even curves.”
- Highway Pilot. This feature “maintains your vehicle’s lane position and a determined following distance from the vehicle in front by automatically accelerating and braking as needed.” This can be rather useful to have as many drivers often find themselves following too close to the car in front of them which puts them at a greater risk of engaging in a rear-end wreck.
- Lane Departure Warning. This feature provides the driver with a warning when it detects that the car is drifting over the lane markings. So, if you accidentally begin to maneuver into another driver’s lane, this safety feature will help detect this and hopefully, stop you before it is too late.
- Forward Collision Warning. This will detect and warn you when there is the potential for a forward collision. When provided with this warning, a driver may have time to react so that an accident is avoided.
- Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking. This feature, “detects, warns and applies the brakes for you if a person is about to cross in front of your vehicle.” Did you know that “on average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in a traffic crash in 2017” and during that same year, there were 5,977 pedestrian deaths recorded in traffic collisions [Source: NHTSA]? With figures like this, it is especially important to take all types of precautionary measures, including adding a safety feature that can help prevent an accident with a pedestrian.
- Adaptive Lighting. This feature will “automatically adjust your headlights, including lower beams when another vehicle approaches, and back to higher beams after it passes you.
- Blind Spot Detection. This will warn you when another vehicle is in your blind spot. Blind spots play a major role in many of the traffic crashes that transpire on our roadways, especially those involving large trucks such as semis and 18-wheelers.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This will “warn you of a potential rear collision that may be outside the view of your backup camera.”
- Backup Camera. Backup cameras provide a driver with a clear view of what’s directly behind their vehicle. Although many new vehicles being manufactured today come equipped with this safety feature, if yours does not, you might consider having it added onto your vehicle.
Although the safety features most vehicles come equipped with or those consumers add on are geared toward enhancing roadway safety, sometimes, these safety features aren’t enough to prevent an accident. If you or someone you know was recently involved in a car wreck in Nashville, TN and you aren’t sure what your next steps should be, it is best you contact a Nashville, TN car accident lawyer. In the meantime, you should consider seeking medical treatment for any injuries you suffered and keep records of all payments made toward any care that is rendered.
How can a car wreck attorney in Nashville, TN help me and/or my family?
Many car crash victims often look to their insurer or that of the at-fault party for the compensation they need to cover medical expenses and other losses. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always provide you with a settlement that reflects the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. If you want to be sure the insurance company is handling your claim fairly, the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. is here to assess the settlement the company has offered to determine if you are receiving the amount of money you are actually entitled to collect.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. at
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN 37027