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Car Accident Injuries : Can Cars Help Cut Collisions?

by InvisiblyMe
A photo taken inside a car just behind the shoulder of the driver, so we see his hands on the steering wheel and another car in front of his windscreen. Below is the post title: Car Accident injuries - can cards help cut collisions?

Car accidents are things we always hope will never happen to us or a loved one, but they happen every day. In some cases, car accident injuries can lead to long-lasting disabilities, injuries, chronic pain and even trigger chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia. With advances in science, technology and manufacturing, cars are getting smarter and safer, which might help in reducing accidents and the knock-on effects to our bodies. This collaborative post takes a look at how vehicles might be able to help in cutting collisions.

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The Cost Of Car Accident Injuries

The three 3 Cs – Cost, Comfort, and unfortunately Collisions – are things we take into consideration as car users. Unfortunately, being on the road exposes you to higher risks of car collisions, whether you’re a driver or a passenger. It is fair to say that not all accidental impacts have devastating consequences. But they even when the body isn’t harmed, a collision can still have lasting consequences when it comes to cost. Car insurance costs, for instance, will consider recent collisions in their premiums. Similarly, as car insurers understand the prevalence of collisions and accidents on the road, they make sure that even the most basic coverage will include collision coverage. But this begs one important question: what if our vehicles could help prevent accidents? 

There’s no denying that car insurance costs are a misery to have to pay, but insurance is vital for those “just in case” events. Reducing the likelihood of needing to claim on our policies alongside the risk of injuries can only be a good thing.

As well as car designs becoming more user-friendly and build quality improving to limit the damage in the instance of a collision, there are also big steps being made when it comes to auto technology that could see road safety enhanced.

Introducing New Safety Technology

Automotive technology has evolved significantly in the past decade. Modern vehicles are now more likely to include some features that can significantly cut down dangerous situations on the road. Indeed, some features are designed to alert the driver of potential risks and even engage in automatic responses if the driver fails to react on time. This is often by way of a camera and laser-sensor system that monitors the road. Should an obstacle be identified, the driver receives an alert through audio and/or visual warnings. Automation comes when brake assistance is activated and automatically engages to prevent the accident.

There are a variety of preventive technologies around, and you can find out more about how they help protect those in the vehicle and bring the driver some peace of mind. Safety technologies have the potential to save lives on the road. However, they can also be disruptive if the driver is in a unique situation. For example, the vehicle may not be equipped to identify potholes. Yet, the driver sees the potholes and may want to swirl around to avoid them. This could be problematic if the vehicle is equipped with a lane departure alert which alerts the drivers when the car crosses over the road markings. As technology is honed continually over the years, these sorts of interferences are likely to be ironed out and improved to allow for more eventualities.

A photo taken inside a car so that we can see as though from the perspective of the driver, who has his hands on the wheel. In front is a bend in the road, with trees and snow lining either side.

Self-Driving Vehicles Don’t Make Human User Mistakes

Self-driving cars are a divisive issues. There’s no denying the state-of-the-art technology is impressive, but concerns are ranged when it comes to safety and trust in computers. The one big advantage here is that computers aren’t prone to human error and they aren’t affected by issues that can afflict a human, like tiredness, poor eye-sight or headaches.

That is precisely why autonomous vehicles can have a huge safety potential. Unlike drivers, they are unlikely to make any human mistakes, like mid-judging distance, taking their eyes off the road when distracted by conversation in the car, or getting irate because a traffic jam. As insurance law and regulation experts explain, 90% of accidents are the result of driver error. A driverless vehicle is never going to drive too fast, take risks, suffer road rage, or consume illicit substances. Experts believe that once self-driving technology becomes safe and effective, car insurance costs could drop significantly. 

Unfortunately, autonomous vehicles are not exactly road-safe at the moment. There is still hope for driverless cars to be part of the near future as the technology already exists. However, there’s a catch-22 to the development of self-driving cars. They remove fallible users out of the equation to make roads safer, but they also need users to be involved in their development. When one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles hit a pedestrian, the footage revealed that the car didn’t slow down.

What’s more alarming is that not only did the technology fail, but the human driver inside the vehicle also failed to activate the brakes. The person in a driverless car needs to be engaged and prepared for such instances, but the reliance is on the technology and so responses aren’t immediate as they need to be. In other words, unsafe drivers and human error are the main arguments for driverless technology, but they are also its main obstacle. 

In conclusion, while in theory cars can play an active role in the prevention of accidents, they currently require drivers to engage with the road. Can a driverless car be the road safety solution we need? The answer implies that safe drivers are to influence the vehicle technology of the future and that safety will hopefully increase in the years to come. Enhanced safety and driving efficiency will mean less rates of injury, chronic pain and illness caused by car accidents and collisions.

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I personally don’t like the idea of driverless cars, at all. But I do think the technology is incredible and I think the evolving capabilities could serve to enhance the driver’s experience as well as their safety, such as with sensors and automatic back-up breaking. Even dash-cams are proving to be useful in many cases of collisions, damage or theft.

Do you think car manufacturers have a duty to improve the safety of vehicles through advances in technology, or should the focus be on the drivers themselves and reducing human error?

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Sandee March 31, 2021 - 4:49 pm

I know more and more of this technology is becoming common place, but I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable turning the car over to computers. I’m sure they will get closer and closer as time passes.

Have a fabulous day, Caz. ♥

Jo March 31, 2021 - 5:30 pm

Interesting post but I don’t feel comfortable with too much automation .

capost2k March 31, 2021 - 9:47 pm

The problem with improvements in technology that make us “safer” is that people tend to take greater risks. E.g., when high-tops came into vogue for basketball players to protect them from ankle injuries, the injuries actually INCREASED both in number and severity because the players took more risks and expected the shoes to protect them! ????
And when we depend more and more on technology, we forget how to do the mundane thing “the tech” does for us. I used to be able to recall about 60-70 telephone numbers off the top of my head, and now with a smart phone, I barely remember my wife’s number! Some cannot even remember their own; I guess I can because it was on my business cards for so many years. ????
When our grandkids ask us, “You mean you actually had to direct your own car where to go!?” we will be praying that they will know what to do when the cell tower fails them. ????

InvisiblyMe April 1, 2021 - 4:12 pm

Absolutely, I agree. I think of the reliance on Sat Navs too, where people drive into a lake because they’ve not engaged their own common sense. This is why at the end of the post it comes back to the importance of the driver in shaping technology and any potential safety gains. Good point on the phone numbers, I’ve found similar. Calculators, too. If we don’t use our noggings as much for such things they get get too reliant on tech to do it for us and we start to lose those skills and abilities. Thanks for the great comment!

Louise Brady, Author April 1, 2021 - 10:55 am

The idea of completely driverless cars scares me a little. I wouldn’t trust it not to fail. But I think if the car could take over if a driver lost the capability during a journey (migraine, passed out, seizures, etc) that’d be really useful. Just don’t give full control to robots and we’ll be good 🙂

Kymber April 1, 2021 - 1:14 pm

I’ve wanted self-driving cars since I first saw Total Recall back in the day. lololol Great article, Caz.

Rachel Duerden April 2, 2021 - 8:21 am

The thought of driverless cars terrify me. I think because I’d feel like I’m not in control.

Popping Wheelies April 3, 2021 - 2:06 pm

I like the concept and the progress. I read that there is a self-driving Tesla already available in Saudi Arabia. (Probably more than I can afford!) A concern might be that I’m heading out for an appointment and can’t go until the App Update finishes. ????????

The Oceanside Animals April 3, 2021 - 6:56 pm

Lulu: “Ooh! I have a solution to the problem of car accident injuries!”
Charlee: “Does it involve the humans staying home with you all the time and never going anywhere ever again?”
Lulu: “Yes! How did you know?”
Chaplin: “Wild guess.”


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