3 times in-car safety features might not stop a crash

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Personal Injury |

If you are researching what new vehicle to buy, you have likely noticed the range of crash prevention features that are supplied as standard or available as extras. These can help keep you safe. However the fact that so many crashes still occur is a reminder that safety features can only do so much.

Here are some reasons why safety features do not prevent some drivers from crashing:

1. The feature is switched off

Not every driver appreciates all the safety features manufacturers install. Hence there is usually a way to switch off a particular feature. It cannot do its job unless it is turned on so read the manual to understand when it is on and off, and take great care if you share the car with others who may have turned a feature off unbeknown to you.

2. A driver takes too much confidence from the features

If you ride a bicycle, you know you have zero protection in a crash and so must keep your wits about you to reduce the chance you have one. A driver who believes their car will not only protect them in the event of a crash, but prevent them from having one, may be more likely to throw caution to the wind and drive irresponsibly.

3. If a driver is drunk, drugged

People in certain conditions should not be driving, regardless of how well-equipped their vehicle is. Alcohol and drugs can make drivers drowsy, so they do not notice a hazard. They can also make some drivers aggressive toward others on the road.

It’s likely that crashes will continue to happen despite further safety advancements. Learning how to claim compensation will remain a necessity for those affected.