Technology advancements make roads more, less dangerous

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Fatal traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of death among Americans, and the advancement of potentially distracting technology such as handheld communication devices, has made the roads even more dangerous, according to safety experts.

But advances in technology can also make driving safer for motorists. Automakers are continually improving safety technology in order to reduce the risks caused by human error, and software programmers are currently developing smart phone applications that can help drivers get to their destinations more safely and efficiently.

Lane assistance technology, for example, uses a camera to find the lines on the road and helps the driver stay within them either through an audio or steering wheel vibration warning, or, typically available on higher end vehicles, by actively guiding the vehicle using automated braking and steering adjustment.

Other safety technology systems monitor the driver’s deviation from his or her typical driving patterns to detect whether the driver is drowsy or inattentive, and automatic steering adjustment will kick in if the driver begins navigating the vehicle erratically.

Applications are available for smart phones that allow drivers to send and receive text messages using verbal commands and voice recognition software, while other software programs disable cell phone use entirely when the operator is inside of a moving vehicle.

As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I hope these innovations make the roads safer for everyone in the future. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile collision, please consider contacting a personal injury attorney in San Diego.