Walk onto a car dealership lot and ask about the safety features of a standard
model sedan. You might be pleasantly surprised to find it is loaded with
all sorts of features and equipment to protect you in case of an accident,
or to stop one altogether; rear-view cameras connected to dashboards are
even becoming more and more common. Yes, improved safety features have
slowly been integrated into more vehicles as the years go on. So why are
more people dying on the roads now than ever before?
Vehicle Safety Up, Driver Safety Down
The National Safety Council (NSC) keeps an eye on
car accident statistics gathered around the country each year with a particular interest
in what is causing fatalities. According to what they have found, 2016
will see more car accident deaths than 2015, which saw more than 2014.
The rise contradicts the new safety features prevalent in vehicles. Why?
The two main reasons car accident fatalities are increasing may be:
More drivers: There are more drivers on the road each year. More cars on the streets
mean more opportunities for someone to make a mistake and cause a catastrophic
crash. Until safety features are so advanced, like fully autonomous vehicles,
that they nearly eliminate any chance of an accident or injury, it will
be difficult to see a rapid decrease in road fatalities.
Distracted driving: What else has been increasing year over year? Smartphone usage. Drivers,
especially new and young drivers, are not aware of the unreasonable danger
texting and driving creates to themselves and everyone else on the road. All the safety features
in the world will do nothing if the person behind the wheel refuses to
accept responsibility and pay attention to the task at hand.
Were you hurt by a distracted driver?
You may be able to win compensation by creating a personal injury claim
Contact our Kingston car accident lawyers at Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor,
P.C. for more information. We also serve
Newburgh, and beyond.