These Technologies Might Solve the Distracted Driving Problem
Across the United States, 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving in 2015. Even though distracted driving doesn’t always mean texting while driving, distracted driving deaths have been on the rise ever since texting became popular.
Fortunately, both car manufacturers and phone companies are aware of the problems of distracted driving, and they’re working to solve the trouble once and for all. With improved automated safety devices in cars and phone apps that prevent drivers from getting notifications while driving, we may be headed toward a solution to the distracted driving problem.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, contact the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm. With nearly 30 years of experience, we can make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call 318-487-9537 to set up your free consultation today.
Automated Car Safety Features
There are three major features that car manufacturers are implementing. While they’re not strictly intended to reduce distracted driving, they will help reduce the incidence of accidents and make the roads safer for us all.
- Forward-Collision Warning (FCW)
FCW alerts drivers to warn them of an imminent collision. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that FCW may reduce the incidence of rear-end collisions by as much as 27 percent.
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
AEB senses a collision before it happens. If the driver does not react in time to prevent it, AEB takes over and engages the brakes. IIHS data suggests that when FCW is combined with AEB, the frequency of rear-end collisions is reduced by 50 percent.
- Lane-Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA)
LDW notifies drivers when they are about to cross into another lane and the turn signal isn’t operating. According to IIHS research, universal adoption of LDW systems could prevent as many as 85,000 crashes and 55,000 injuries per year. LKA has yet to be proven effective in preventing accidents, but 70 percent of drivers report being “very satisfied” with the LKA system.
Phone Apps for Safety
Phone manufacturers have released a series of apps that allow drivers to block notifications while they are driving, eliminating the temptation to check the phone.
There are a variety of these apps, but the functionality for most of them is similar. Apple, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and Verizon all have apps that that block texts while driving. And for the parents of teens out there, apps like Drive Safe Mode and devices like CellControl DriveID exist to help keep your children safe.
Drive smart, and be safe out there.
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