The toll that traffic deaths and injuries take on families is significant, and this is a burden our Chicago car accident lawyers attempt to lessen every day. The use of technology in and around automobiles has been a subject of much debate over the past decade, with many critics labeling components like navigation systems and other conveniences as dangerous and overly distracting. However, earlier this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it intends to require the development and implementation of burgeoning vehicle-to-vehicle communication software in future car models; technology, which the agency believes has the potential to save thousands of lives.
V2V Communication software functions by sending a signal similar to those used by Wi-Fi routers, which transmits your vehicles position, heading, and speed, along with other important pieces of information. This allows vehicles to detect dangerous driving patterns of other vehicles on the road, even if they are not visible to the driver, and react accordingly to prevent collisions. The NHTSA was quick to point out that such technology, even once perfected, will only act as a driver aid, and not as a replacement for responsibility and attentiveness behind the wheel. Still, the agency believes that if this technology is fully utilized, it could reduce the number of traffic accidents (not including those caused by alcohol or mechanical failures) that occur each year in the United States by as much as 80%. (Chron)
Our lawyers welcome the implementation of any technology that promises to make cars safer and smarter without breaking the bank for customers, but for now V2V software is still a ways away. For now, avoidable deaths and serious injuries associated with traffic accidents are still far too common, and incredibly costly. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the total cost of medical care and productivity losses related to motor vehicle accident injuries in the United States was approximately $100 billion in 2010. Theoretically, this adds up to a cost of roughly $500 to every licensed driver on the road, but thankfully, not all of us will be involved in a car crash this year. Instead, responsibility for paying these enormous expenses is concentrated within the individuals and families who have experienced an accident. (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association)
Our attorneys believe that no one should ever be asked to pay for an accident that they couldn’t have avoided. We have a wealth of experience representing car accident victims in the City of Chicago, as well as clients all over the state of Illinois, and if you have been seriously injured because of another person’s negligence, we may be able to help you too.