Despite advances in vehicle safety technology, car accidents are still major concerns for New York residents. According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 300,000 crashes in 2013, which caused more than 120,000 injuries.
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can fall victim to negligent motorists. If you were injured in an accident that another driver caused, then contact a New York City accident lawyer from Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP at 212-221-5999. Our attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal-injury claims in New York.
Read on to learn about four crash-avoidance technologies to look for in your next vehicle:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control has the same function as its traditional counterpart, but it includes additional sensors in the front of the vehicle. These sensors monitor what is happening on the road. They identify cars ahead and automatically slow your vehicle to a safe following distance. This system actually slows or speeds up the car according to traffic flow, thus continually maintaining following distances.
- Front-Crash Prevention
Front-crash prevention systems work alongside adaptive cruise control. These systems contain sensors that detect when your vehicle gets too close to other cars in front of you.
If the technology identifies a risk, then it will warn the driver and get the brakes ready for a quick response. It will actually control the wheels to prevent sudden-braking problems, such as skidding and loss of control.
- Blind Spot Detection
Many accidents would have been avoided if drivers had checked their blind spots. Fortunately, new technology is available to monitor blind spot activity for you.
If there is a vehicle that you cannot see, then blind spot detection will alert you. It will either issue a sharp sound as a warning or actively prevent you from turning into the vehicle in your blind spot by forcing your wheels to resist the turn.
- Lane Warning Systems
Modern cars come with lane warning systems to keep drivers awake and on course. These systems rely on cameras to track the position of your car inside a lane.
If you start to swerve off course, then the system will warn you immediately. A lane warning system can make the steering wheel or car seat vibrate, or it can forcefully resist the swerve and keep the car in its lane.
Modern technology is making New York roads safer than ever before. However, negligent and reckless driving remains a major cause of crashes across the state. Fortunately, there are laws that protect the financial interests of accident victims.
If you or a loved one was injured due to a negligent driver, then contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP at 212-221-5999. A New York City personal-injury attorney can gather evidence, talk to witnesses, handle settlement negotiations and, if necessary, litigate your case if it goes to trial. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.