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New technologies reduce accidents

Kentucky residents who have been injured in an automobile accident can attest to the devastation that such incidents cause. Even if the crash does not result in catastrophic injuries, victims may still suffer from pain and may find themselves responsible for sizable medical expenses. If a collision does result in death, survivors must struggle with their grief as well as the possible loss of a breadwinner or caregiver.

Fortunately, new technologies have helped to reduce the frequency of collisions. These include blind spot alerts and lane departure warning systems. Drivers can make use of these systems to avoid collisions with both other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

A study based on 2015 accident data showed that the presence of these systems in a vehicle reduced certain types of accidents by 11 percent. The study also showed that the risk of injury was reduced by as much as 21 percent. Fewer injuries significantly reduce the negative impact that road accidents can have on all parties involved.

While these technologies have made the roads safer, they are not a cure-all. For one thing, studies have also shown that many drivers turn these systems off because they find their signals, such as beeping noises, to be annoying. As a result, the technology is not working to protect both the driver and other people on the road. In addition, there may be the risk of over-reliance on systems in which drivers may be less careful about paying attention.

Most car accidents are the result of human error. When a negligent driver causes a collision, occupants of other vehicles who have been injured might want to have the help of an experienced attorney when trying to obtain compensation for their losses.

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