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How auto safety technology has changed

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Automobile safety technology has massively changed over the years. This has led to people saying that new cars are the safest ones that have ever been on the market, and many of the accident statistics bear this out. For instance, even though fatal accident rates are climbing, they are still lower than what you would have seen a few decades before.

When auto safety technology started to become more important, it began with seatbelts and then airbags. Both of these were designed to keep a person safe – or at least lower the odds that they would pass away in an accident. They have done their jobs very well, and all new cars have airbags, while all drivers are required to wear seatbelts. 

Preventing accidents 

The change is that new auto technology works to stop accidents from happening initially. Some types of tech do keep you safer or lower the odds of a fatality, of course. But a lot of the newest systems are actually designed simply to make sure that you don’t crash, more than trying to reduce your injuries in a crash. 

A good example of this is a lane departure warning system. It can tell someone if they are drifting out of their lane, perhaps because they were momentarily distracted. The warning signal gets their attention, they correct their course and they don’t crash, so there’s no need for the airbags or the seat belt to do their job. 

After an injury 

All of these systems do work well together, but there’s always a chance you could be injured by another driver’s negligent actions. If you are, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and more.