Car accidents are, unfortunately, extremely common. In the event of a collision, drivers and passengers alike are often at risk of severe or fatal injuries. To do their part to reduce the number of collisions, many auto manufacturers have incorporated impressive new safety features into their 2019 models.
Of course, even with these safety features, accidents are still bound to happen. If you are injured in a car crash in Dallas, contact the Tate Law Offices, P.C., by phone or online for help right away.
Top New Car Safety Features and Technology
There are a variety of new safety features available in new 2019 models of both luxury cars and more basic models. Some of the most helpful features include
- Adaptive Cruise Control – Unlike traditional cruise control, which simply maintains a consistent speed, adaptive cruise control maintains a consistent distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If the vehicle in front slows down, adaptive cruise control will too, helping you to avoid collisions and leaving you to focus on steering.
- Blind Spot Monitoring – This feature, which comes in a variety of formats, will warn you whenever there is something in your blind spot, allowing you to avoid taking your eyes off the road to check over your shoulder. These systems may feature sound cues, blinking lights, or even video displays.
- Lane Assist – There are varying levels of lane assist technologies. Lane-departure warning systems will issue audible or haptic warnings whenever your vehicle begins to veer across lane markings. Lane-keep assist will automatically correct your steering when it senses that you are beginning to veer across lane markings. Lane-centering assist will continuously help you steer to keep you centered between the lane markings of your lane.
- Collision Avoidance – Forward-collision warning systems provide audio or visual warnings when your vehicle senses an incoming collision. Automatic braking systems can even brake for you to help prevent such collisions.
With these and other safety technologies, avoiding collisions and staying safe on the road is easier than ever.
Safety Features Are Becoming Standard
It used to be the case that if you wanted the most comprehensive safety features, you would need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on high-end luxury vehicles. However, some of these features improve safety so significantly that they are being equipped on even the most basic models.
For example, adaptive cruise control is currently available on a number of Subaru models, the Mazda3, and the Hyundai Elantra. Blind spot monitoring can be found on every Honda model, from the Accord to the Fit. An upgrade on the Hyundai Elantra will get you lane-keep assist for only $27,600 total.
Drivers Still Need to Be Careful Despite New Safety Technology
Even with all these high-end technologies improving safety on the road, drivers must still stay alert and focused while driving. Accidents are still possible, even likely, when drivers are negligent and do not focus on the road. Technology cannot replace the role of a responsible driver.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Dallas, contact the Tate Law Offices, P.C., for help right away. We are dedicated personal injury lawyers with experience helping our Texas neighbors seek financial compensation for their injuries and expenses after accidents. To learn more about how we can help you after a car accident, contact us today by phone or online for a free consultation.