People in Mississippi may look forward to the development of newer electronic systems that can help cars and their drivers to have a safer experience on the road. These semi-autonomous driving systems have been widely publicized and are a major selling point for some vehicles. However, aware drivers are still critical to avoid dangerous crashes. Cars and trucks with these kinds of electronic systems intact may not always sense the presence of stopped vehicles, and if drivers rely on the system rather than their own awareness of the road, they could wind up in a serious crash.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a paper focusing on the realities of these technologies. Researchers tested five systems from major manufacturers like Mercedes, Tesla, BMW and Volvo on tracks and public roads in order to gauge their effectiveness. The study found that many of these systems could significantly contribute to highway safety and even save lives. However, they are not infallible and do not excuse driver negligence.
Researchers found that when cars are put under semi-autonomous control, they may operate in ways that people do not expect. These actions could put drivers and those around them on the roads at risk of injury or worse. All of the vehicles except the Tesla Model 3 failed to brake on their own for stopped cars ahead on the road, and the Tesla itself failed to brake automatically to avoid crashes when adaptive cruise control was turned off.
Whether cars are equipped with semi-autonomous technology or not, drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the road and avoid crashes. The alternative can have severe consequences for others on the road, leading to serious injuries and even death. A personal injury lawyer may help people injured in car accidents through no fault of their own to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered.