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New safety technology in cars promising, but has limits

As many people who have gone to buy a car recently know, the automobile industry has been very busy developing new safety technology that, hopefully, will prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities.

According to the results of recent research, some of these safety features will be able to save thousands of lives on the road every year. For instance, a feature that warns drivers that they are about to hit something in front of the or that automatically applies the brakes, standing alone, can potentially prevent 884,000 injuries and just over 4,700 fatalities on the road.

However, these new technologies have their limitations. For example, motorists were commonly confused as to whether or not their vehicles would automatically stop to avoid a collision or would merely warn the driver that a collision was imminent if the driver did not take evasive action.

Perhaps more frightening, about 1 in 4 drivers thought this safety feature meant that they could try to multi-task while behind the wheel, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

Drivers also were confused about how their vehicles' systems worked with respect to automatically checking the vehicle's blind spots and warning drivers if there was an unseen car close to them. The vast majority of drivers, 80 percent, believed this warning system would detect a small object like a bicycle or pedestrian. They also thought, incorrectly, that the system would detect a car rushing by at a high speed.

While new safety technology is a helpful tool, it is important for White Plains, New York, drivers to remember that ultimately, the responsibility for watching the road and driving carefully remains in their hands. If they fail to meet this responsibility, they may have to pay compensation for any injuries they cause as part of a personal injury lawsuit.

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