New vehicle features promise to reduce car accident risks

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and soon drivers will likely be able to surrender their steering wheels over to a computer in order to improve road safety for all. In the meantime, however, Tennessee drivers and passengers are benefiting from some miraculous new safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping support and other automation and crash avoidance features.

One of the most promising features is automatic braking. This safety feature gives your motor vehicle the ability to automatically brake in order to help avoid a crash. If a vehicle or obstacle is ahead, but the driver does not notice, the car will automatically brake to try to avoid the crash. Other features along this vein include lane departure warning features, which can help drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. There's even park assist for drivers who have a hard time maneuvering their way into a parallel parking position or in other parking scenarios.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, front crash prevention technology is successfully helping drivers avoid crashes. Vehicles that have this feature have a lower likelihood of getting into an accident by rear-ending another driver. Any time new safety technology like this prevents a car crash, it means that life-threatening and serious injuries may have been prevented.

Because the newest vehicles usually have the most advanced safety features, Tennessee drivers are encouraged to consider paying a little more money for the safest and newest cars they can afford. That said, even the most advanced vehicle will not be immune from getting into a crash -- especially when it's caused by a negligent driver. Tennessee residents who have been hurt by negligent motorists will, at the very least, have the opportunity to file personal injury claims and seek financial restitution for their damages.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "Automation and crash avoidance," accessed Dec. 28, 2016

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