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New Automotive Technology Could Help Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

It seems every week there’s a new story about somebody being severely hit by a negligent driver. Luckily, there is a new technology in the works that can help prevent pedestrian accidents. United States auto dealers have begun to implement safety features that will help cars detect and avoid pedestrians without driver input. While currently these features are only available on vehicles made by Lexus and Buick, it is likely they’ll be included on more U.S. models.

As a pedestrian, you have the right to feel safe while you’re walking. You shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of a reckless driver or technology malfunction just because you happened to be walking by. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, you need to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. Our experienced Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers can ensure you get the help you need. Call (312) 236-2900 today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

New Tech Helps Drivers Avoid Accidents

The new 2018 Lexus LS will be unveiling a new package of safety features. These features will help drivers see and avoid pedestrians. Using radar and a stereo camera, the car will sense obstacles in the driving path. If the vehicle is traveling between seven and 50 miles per hour and detects something or someone, near the front of the car, a notification will be projected on to your windshield. If you don’t react to this notification quickly enough, the vehicle will engage an emergency braking system designed to stop or slow the car down.

Safety Systems Boast Additional Features to Reduce Collisions

The sensors in the safety systems do more than scan for obstacles. If an obstacle is detected near your car, the system will also scan the area around that person or object. If the area around is clear, the car will swerve on its own to avoid the obstacle. This self-swerving technology will hopefully help reduce accidents where both the driver and pedestrian weren’t paying attention.

An accident may occur despite the sensors and auto-steering. The new system includes features to minimize damage in the event of a collision. For example, the hood of the car is designed to lift upon impact slightly. This allows some of the force of the crash to be absorbed by the vehicle, minimizing the risk of trauma to you or your passengers.

Struck By a Vehicle As a Pedestrian? Get Legal Help Today

What all these new safety features have in common is that they’re designed to increase pedestrian safety. Pedestrians, especially those in cities or other areas with an abundance of traffic, are more at risk than drivers. Despite new safety features designed to prevent pedestrian accidents, they can still occur.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, and you don’t know what your options are, you should understand that there is help available. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we understand your needs and can answer your questions. Contact us at (312) 236-2900 today to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your legal options.