Rising Rates of Auto Accidents Beg the Question: Are We All Getting Worse At Driving?
Car accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Vehicle manufacturers are coming up with new, supposedly revolutionary, safety features all the time, yet accidents and fatalities are on the rise. These facts, in conjunction with each other, beg the question: Are We All Getting Worse At Driving?
Recent technological innovations don’t always contribute to creating safer to drive cars. Unfortunately, other technological advances have done just the opposite. Distracted driving is on the rise, primarily due to the influence of technology.
AAA estimates that as many as six out of every ten accidents caused by teenagers involve texting while driving. Teenagers aren’t the only ones who engage in this dangerous activity, though. Despite the fact that most US states have passed laws banning the use of handheld devices while driving, a large number of adult drivers continue to engage in these unsafe practices as well.
As recently as 2015, the Motor Vehicle Safety commission found that almost one-third of all vehicular crashes were caused by intoxicated drivers. Drunk driving doesn’t only impact those choosing to engage in this type of reckless and irresponsible behavior. It also takes the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children every year.
These days most new cars coming off the line at least come with an option to include advanced driver assistance systems. It’s true that blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and automatic emergency braking can sometimes save lives. Given how recent these technological advances are, though, it’s unsurprising that little research has been performed regarding how driver assist systems impact different people’s ability to drive.
Drivers who have become used to taking advantage of advanced active safety systems may be at a disadvantage when they are placed behind the wheel of an older vehicle that doesn’t come standard with driver assistance features. It’s unclear whether the proliferation of this type of technology has had any kind of drastic impact on the average person’s ability to drive, but the question certain demands a suitable answer.
Anyone who has been injured in a car crash for which he or she was not responsible should consider taking steps toward seeking justice and financial compensation for their injuries. The first step to take is to hire an experienced attorney who can help his or her clients decide how to proceed.
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