Many accidents, especially in city traffic or in busy but faster situations such as motorways are caused by late braking. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) works by means of sensors mounted behind the rear-view mirror which can work out if you’re about to have a crash and apply the brakes for you, thus either avoiding an accident altogether of reducing its severity. Some systems even warn you of an imminent collision and pre-charge the brakes or restraint system ready for use. Obviously, no one wants the AEB to kick in all the time when driving in town and more especially on a motorway when it could become counter-productive. For this reason, AEB systems will tend to intervene ‘late and hard’, intervening only once it has decided that it’s too late for the driver to be able to react and prevent a collision. Autonomous Emergency Braking systems are aimed mainly at preventing low speed crashes and any accident involving pedestrians. An American study has shown that cars fitted with AEB systems are in fewer crashes than those without and that claims for injury or repair were also lower. In particular, whiplash claims were much less frequent.
Gadgets can help a lot but vigilance is still important
Cars with a lot of safety features obviously add a great deal to road safety in general but there is still no replacement for careful driving. Some drivers do tend to get a little complacent if their car is packed with new technology but to rely on it is rather foolish – things can malfunction and then the results can be catastrophic. If you are involved in an accident which is the fault of another road user, you may have a claim for compensation but it is important that you also behaved properly and did not put an unreasonable amount of faith in in-car technology.
Accident Advice Helpline will check the details for you
Accidents are rarely clear cut and sometimes there are conflicting versions of events. The experienced solicitors who work with us here at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to sift the information available and advise you on whether you have a good case for a compensation claim. We have been injury compensation professionals for years and with our no win, no fee* promise, you don’t have to be concerned about finding money to fight your case so it is always worth a call.