New advanced safety features, often available as standard or optional equipment on new vehicles, may have the ability to prevent accidents from occurring. New vehicle buyers may consider requesting safety features such as:
Forward Collision Warning Coupled with Automatic Braking
This safety feature includes sensors that detect when a vehicle or object in front of the driver is a danger. The sensor transmits a signal to the vehicle’s internal computer system, making a sound or flashing a signal to alert the driver. If the driver does not take action, the vehicle will also automatically brake to try to prevent a crash. The Highway Loss Data Institute reports that this feature has the largest crash reduction rate.
This feature is currently standard or optional on such models as:
- 2017 Chevy Malibu
- 2017 Mazda CX-3
- 2017 Volvo S60
- 2017 Subaru Forester
- 2017 Chrysler 200
Lane Departure Warning
This safety feature sounds an alarm or makes another signal when the driver leaves his or her lane. This feature has been found to improve the ability of drivers to stay within their own lane by 34 percent. It is standard or optional on such models as the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and BMW X1.
These blind spot monitors make a signal if another vehicle enters the driver’s blind spots. While this technology has demonstrated that it increases driver awareness, some systems do not detect motorcycles or fast-moving vehicles very well. Since the system is designed to detect other vehicles, it may not detect pedestrians or cyclists. Currently the 2017 Lincoln MKX, Acura RLX and Lexus ES 350 offer this option.
Using sensors to detect the steering angle, this safety feature pivots the vehicle’s headlights with the steering wheel to illuminate the road directly in front of the driver. Some systems provide superior lighting when the driver is heading up a hill by staying aimed at the road ahead. These headlights also lower beams when the system detects oncoming traffic to avoid blinding other drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that drivers with this feature are involved in fewer car accidents. The 2017 Hyundai Tuscon, Honda Accord, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta offer this option.
Although these safety features may be able to help prevent car accidents, they are not expected to completely eliminate them. A car accident lawyer can help injured victims learn about their legal options.