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Understanding the Limits of Driver Assistance Systems

by / Monday, 20 January 2020 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Driver assistance system on screen in car

More quickly than ever before, technology is changing the way we drive our cars. If you haven’t shopped for a brand new car in a long time, you might be overwhelmed by how many new driver assistance systems are available now. Systems like automatic emergency braking, lane departure alerts, backup cameras, and blind spot alerts are just a few of the systems developed with the goal of helping prevent car crashes. But as these driver assistance systems become more widely available in new cars, it’s very important that people understand the limitations of the technology.

Car accidents can happen in many different ways, but when it comes down to it, they’re very often caused by human error. A driver might not see another vehicle in a blind spot or they might not notice another car coming while they back out of a parking space. When driver assistance systems function as they should, they can help prevent these kinds of car crashes. But it’s extremely important to remember that driver assistance systems haven’t been perfected. Crashes can still happen even when cars have these high-tech systems and it’s very important for drivers to understand the limitations of the technology.

One common mistake drivers make is falling into a false sense of security. Some drivers tend to put too much reliance on their driver assistance systems and think it gives them room to be less focused on the road. Even though driverless car technology is being tested and developed, driver assistance systems are not the same thing as driverless car technology. “Assistance” is the key word to remember when using these systems. These systems are available to help drivers, not do all the work for them. Drivers still need to be alert, aware of their surroundings, and ready to react to a dangerous situation if necessary.

But what if a driver is using driver assistance systems in their car exactly as they’re supposed to, but a car crash occurs anyway because the safety system simply did not work the way it was supposed to? Who would be liable for the accident in a situation like that? In that kind of situation, it would be important to get the help of a lawyer since an accident victim might be able to make a claim for damages against the manufacturer of the technology.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, one of the best things you can do is get the help of a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Regardless if driver assistance systems were involved or not, injuries caused by a car accident can have a major impact on a person’s life. At Goodwin & Scieszka, we have lawyers who are highly experienced in handling Michigan car accident cases. Contact us today for help with your case.