Vehicles made in the early-to-mid 1900s seemed to last forever with maintenance, but they were dangerously hard to control. Over time, they became safer with 1950s technology like rear-view mirrors and then 1990s features such as automatic braking.
Since vehicle accidents continue to kill and seriously injure many, you might wonder if automobile safety features actually make a difference. Many can and do — especially those that help motorists avoid crashes.
Forward collision warning
Front-end collisions can result in catastrophic injuries like brain or spinal cord damage, but what if your car alerted you of danger in time to avoid it? That is what forward collision warning systems do — potentially allowing you to navigate the hazard safely and prevent a worst-case scenario.
Lane departure warning
A distraction can take your eyes off the road for only a few seconds, but it is still enough time for your vehicle to move out of its lane. Lane departure warning systems alert you if you drift out of your lane — allowing you to correct your trajectory before a crash occurs.
Electronic stability control
If you ever had to make a hard turn with your steering wheel to avoid a crash hazard, you know it can be difficult to stay in control. Electronic stability control automatically reduces your speed and applies the brakes, which can help you maintain control of your vehicle.
Other important safety features
Three more safety features to consider are the following:
- Rear cross-traffic warning systems may reduce the risk of back-end accidents.
- Traction control systems may increase driver control during Colorado’s notoriously snowy conditions.
- Left-turn crash avoidance systems can alert you when turning left into an occupied lane.
Of course, these safety features may not protect you from a negligent motorist. However, if you or a loved one suffers injuries due to a driver’s negligence, legal guidance may help you maximize your compensation.