Young drivers have always had very high crash rates. This is been a big problem because they often cause these crashes just because of inexperience. This is proving to be a very hard issue to address, as drivers still need to get experience and spend time on the road, so they increase the risks for everyone around them.
However, new safety technology has shown a lot of promise. Some reports claim it has cut car crash claim rates in half. It is especially beneficial for young drivers.
Crash avoidance technology
The type of technology cited in the study focuses on crash avoidance. Examples include lane departure warning systems and forward collision warning systems. Some vehicles also have blind spot monitoring devices.
All of this tech is simply aimed at stopping a crash from occurring in the first place. This makes it very different than older safety devices, such as seat belts or airbags, which are aimed at reducing injuries.
This is all important for young drivers because it helps them with things that they may not fully grasp otherwise. A more experienced driver may know when to apply the brakes, for instance, but a younger driver may fail to do so in time to prevent a rear-end accident. But a forward collision warning system can alert that driver to the issue, and automatic braking systems may even begin to slow the car down before they react.
In essence, this type of technology simply helps people do the things that they should be doing anyway. For that reason, it may be less beneficial for older drivers – though it is always a good thing – because they’re not going to make these same mistakes. They’re already going to check their blind spots or slow down at the right time. But younger drivers struggle to do this because of their inexperience, and so technology makes a massive difference for them.
Crashes will always happen
As good as this news is for the future of the automotive industry, there will always be car crashes. There’s simply no way to eliminate all of the risks. Even as technology develops, it is still important to know about all of the legal steps you can take to seek financial compensation.