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Two types of car accident safety technology

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2022 | Car Accidents

Modern car buyers are often interested in the safety technology that comes with their vehicles. They know that there has been an emphasis on this in recent years and that there will be a lot of new safety features that previous generations didn’t enjoy. They want to make use of this developing technology to buy the safest car possible.

With the number of fatal car accidents that happen every year in the United States – around 40,000 – it is good to focus on safety. You never know when someone else is going to make a mistake and hit your vehicle. As such, you need to know about the two different types of technology that are being used.

Preventing accidents

First of all, most of the new types of technology focus on preventing the accidents themselves from taking place. For example, new cars may come with blindspot monitoring devices. These can warn drivers if another vehicle is in their blindspot so that they don’t merge into that car. Other examples of this type of technology include back up cameras, lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control and the like.

Preventing injuries

Older technology, however, was more focused on preventing injuries. The accidents were still going to happen, but the safety features were designed to make it so that people would survive or at least have less serious injuries. Examples of this technology include things like seatbelts, crumple zones and airbags. The odds of passing away in an accident were much higher before these were introduced. People still crash, but far more crashes are now considered “minor” when they would have led to serious injuries for previous generations of drivers.

Working together

In fully modern cars, both of these systems work together to make it less likely that you will crash and to reduce the severity of your injuries if you do. But there are still roughly 40,000 fatal accidents every year and hundreds of thousands of injuries, so you can see that it can happen to anyone. Be sure you know what legal steps to take if someone else’s negligence leads to your injuries.