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Auto safety technologies have their limits

There are various new safety technologies for cars. Some of these have rear-end-collision prevention among their potential aims, like forward collision warning systems and automatic braking systems. While such technologies may be able to help with the problem of rear-end crashes, it is important to remember that auto safety devices can only go so far in keeping the roads safe. As long as cars remain driven by humans, how people act behind the wheel will play a central role in accident likelihood.

The safety limitations of rear-end accident prevention technologies can be seen in the story of high-mounted brake lamps. These lamps are also known as third brake lights. Thirty years ago, these lights became a mandatory feature for new cars in the United States. This requirement was, in part, aimed at reducing rear-end accidents.

It is somewhat unclear what exact impact these lights becoming a required feature has ultimately had on the occurrence of read-end crashes. What is clear is that such collisions remain very common; they make up a large percentage of U.S. traffic incidents. So, the technology certainly didn’t make rear-end accidents go away.

This of course does not mean that auto safety technologies are unimportant. It just underscores the importance of remembering they have their limits.

So, one hopes all individuals take proper rear-end collision avoidance measures when driving, whatever safety features their car has. This includes paying attention to traffic, avoiding tailgating, not driving at unreasonable speeds and avoiding distractions.

When a person is harmed in a rear-end collision caused by another driver, experienced attorneys can assist them with building their case for compensation.

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