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Technology That Can Help You Avoid a Car Accident

Jan 16, 2021 | Car Accidents

When you purchase a new car, you should make sure it has the latest safety features. Some safety technology will be included in your vehicle from the manufacturer, and other tech can be purchased and added to your car. Read below to learn more about technology that can help you avoid a car accident.

If you are involved in a crash, contact Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. Our team of experienced Birmingham car accident attorneys will find out what happened and hold the at-fault driver accountable. Call us today at (205) 933-1500 or use our online contact form.

1. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB alerts you of a potential crash and helps you use your car’s maximum braking capacity. If you do not respond with the manual brake, AEB can take over.

There are three categories of AEB:

  • Low Speed – This system is used on city streets to detect cars in front of you. It can prevent crashes in traffic and minor injuries like whiplash.
  • High Speed – This system scans up to 650 feet in front of your vehicle using long-range radar.
  • Pedestrian – This system senses movement by pedestrians in front of your car and assesses the risk of a collision.

AEB is also called active city braking, pre-crash safety system, and active city brake.

2. Back-Up and 360-Degree Cameras

Many low speed accidents occur while backing up or in parking lots. A back-up camera is a single camera mounted behind your vehicle, and a 360-degree camera is a combination of cameras on all sides of your car. These systems can be incredibly beneficial to help you see your surroundings when maneuvering.

Many of these camera systems beep to alert you that you are getting too close to an object, person, or another vehicle. They can also warn you if someone or something is approaching you as you pull out of a parking space or parallel park.

3. Self-Driving or Auto-Steering Features

Although the media has talked a lot about self-driving cars, they have not yet become popular with the mainstream public. However, some auto-steering features can help you stay safe when you drive.

Auto-steering can take over to help you avoid objects or people in the roadway or, more popularly, when you are parallel parking. Auto-steering can also take over when navigating on the highway to prevent cars and trucks that swerve toward you. These systems often work in collaboration with an automatic emergency braking system.

4. LED Headlights

Although LED headlights are not new, they can be crucial in preventing a severe accident at night. LED headlights are brighter and last longer than halogen bulbs. Some LED bulbs can last as long as 20 years.

5. Lane Departure Warning System

A lane departure warning system will give you a notification if you drift outside of your lane. The notice may be audible, physical, or visual. This can help avoid distracted and drowsy driving.

Some motor vehicles simply warn you when you go outside of your lane, and others take over driving to ensure the car stays in the lane.

Contact an Attorney If You’re Involved in a Crash

Whether you have the technology to help you during an accident or not, crashes happen. If you are involved in a motor vehicle wreck, contact our team at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. to help you navigate a personal injury claim.

Call us at (205) 933-1500 or use our online contact form.