When it comes to making automobiles, there is a heavy emphasis placed on the designers and engineers of these cars to make them safer in the event that a crash takes place. Until recently, though, this focus on safety has involved only the passengers inside of a car that might get hit – there were not design features to address the safety of others. But recent developments have changed all that with new pedestrian detection technologies making their appearances in several modern American vehicles.
Pedestrian detection works in a similar manner to systems like lane departure warnings and front impact alerts. A series of sensors are placed on the outside of a car, truck, or SUV to monitor the surroundings of a vehicle as it operates. However, unlike similar systems, a pedestrian detection device is designed to monitor slow moving, more subtle movements indicative of a person who is walking. Some manufacturers are using radar as part of their detection systems, some are using cameras, and many are using a combination of technologies.
If a pedestrian is detected in the pathway of an oncoming car that is equipped with this technology, a driver will receive either a visual symbol on the car’s dashboard or will hear an audible warning. In some instances, the car may begin to brake automatically.
The purpose of these systems is clear: to avoid and prevent as many pedestrian accidents as possible, including those that otherwise might occur in Chicago. Pedestrian detection technology is designed to step in an eliminate some of the human errors that can lead to crashes, particularly those that occur at lower speeds. If a driver is not paying attention or if a pedestrian darts into traffic, a car may be able to stop itself in time to avoid an impact, leaving both the driver and the pedestrian injury-free. Tests show that the technology is not as good at preventing crashes when a car is traveling at a high rate of speed but that pedestrian detection can still be very beneficial, slowing the car significantly prior to an impact and thereby limiting the force at which a collision enacts. According to experts, the lower the impact, the less likely a pedestrian is to lose his or her life.
If you have a vehicle equipped with a pedestrian detection technology, make sure you understand how it works so that you will be prepared in the event the technology becomes active. If you have questions, review your owner’s manual or speak to an automobile dealer who may be able to provide you with assistance. If you are in the market for a new car, consider whether a vehicle equipped with a pedestrian detection system is right for you. Not only will driving one increase the safety of others but it may help prevent crashes from happening to you, which can limit the physical and financial toll you may otherwise suffer.
If you were the victim of a pedestrian versus car accident in Illinois and you were injured, know that the laws of the state may entitle you to the right to seek payment for your damages. Typically, this is true whether or not the at-fault party received a ticket for the collision or whether that individual was found guilty in a traffic or criminal court. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you realize what options exist in your case and whether you can proceed with a civil claim for damages.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. have a licensed attorney available 24/7 to take your call and to offer you a free case consultation. You can reach us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and there is no obligation for speaking with us. Further, if we represent you, we will not charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If a crash has affected your life, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for your right to relief.
Prior Blog Entry:
Wrong-Way Car Accidents in Chicago Cost Lives, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 21, 2015.