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Can you really trust safety tech to help you avoid car accidents?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2022 | Personal Injury

Compared to the automobile, which has been around for more than a century, vehicle safety technology is relatively new. Creators and manufacturers put their technology through stringent tests before it is available on consumer vehicles, but that may not prevent a failure or malfunction.

As far as trusting technology to improve your safety, that is up to you. Safety features can help prevent car accidents, but you must still rely on your human senses and intuition to remain safe from Roanoke, Virginia, car accidents.

What could go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot can go wrong. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems often malfunction in some vehicles. For example, owners of Nissan vehicles (2017 and newer models) with AEB technology report that the system sometimes causes the automobile to brake and stop for no apparent reason.

Are pedestrian detection systems reliable?

In 2019, the American Automobile Association (AAA) tested motor vehicles with AEB and pedestrian detection technology. The tests indicate that these systems failed 60% of the time with adult pedestrians and nearly 90% with children pedestrians.

Safety tech failures increase the risk of crashes

People that rely heavily on safety tech underutilize common sense, possibly increasing car accidents and victim injuries. For example, pedestrians crossing a road could suffer injuries if safety tech fails and the driver was not paying attention. The same could happen if a Nissan with faulty technology enters another motorist’s lane abruptly and its driver failed to notice. 

If you suffered harm in a Virginia car accident, consider having a legal advocate investigate your car and any other vehicles involved in the crash. If it turns out that faulty or malfunctioning technology caused or contributed to the crash, it may increase your financial compensation options.