personal injury lawyers, we know that lane departure accidents - which are most often
caused by driver error - can have catastrophic consequences. Sometimes
these accidents happen when drivers (for whatever the reason) enter divided
highways while traveling the wrong way. Sometimes a driver swerves out
of his or her lane to avoid a roadway obstacle, only to cause a crash.
Sometimes a driver falls asleep at the wheel, or chooses to drive while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And sometimes the lane departure
is just a momentary lapse - a short loss of focus (perhaps caused by a
glance down at a cell phone) that causes a driver to veer into oncoming
traffic. Whatever the cause, lane departure accidents can lead to extremely
dangerous accidents, like head-on collisions and rollovers - which commonly
result in serious injuries and fatalities.
What can drivers do?
Again, lane departure accidents usually happen because of driver error,
meaning they are 100% preventable. Sadly, the innocent victims of these
crashes are rendered powerless: often, there's nothing you can do
when an oncoming vehicle is bearing down on you, except brace for impact.
For this reason, several automakers are developing lane departure warning
systems, which are designed to alert drivers when they veer in and out
of their lanes. In fact,
U.S. News and World Report, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology (V2V) - which allows vehicles
to "[predict] imminent danger and [warn] you before a crash"
- could be available within the next few years. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration reports that V2V has the potential to prevent up
to 80 percent of collisions. Automakers have been working to perfect V2V
technology for more than a decade, but thanks to a recent pilot program,
the technology could be available to drivers in the near future.
"Conducted jointly by the University of Michigan and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pilot put nearly 3,000 V2V-equipped
cars on the roads of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The technology allowed the cars
to broadcast their GPS position, speed and other data to nearby vehicles.
Cars then used the information to communicate with one another and avoid
crashes and accidents. 'It provides consumers with what I like to
call 360-degree coverage,'" said Debra Bezzina, senior project
manager for the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
With hope, V2V technology will soon become commonplace and work to prevent
lane departure accidents before they even have a chance to occur. In the
meantime, we strongly urge all drivers to stay focused on driving - and
only driving - when you're behind the wheel. It only takes a moment
to drift out of your lane, but the outcome can affect you permanently.
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers represent car
accident victims in Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding areas, including
Carthage, Webb City, Sarcoxie, Carl Junction, Pierce City, Mount Vernon,
Verona, Lamar, Neosho and Nevada. If you or a loved one has suffered injury
in a crash caused by a careless or negligent driver, please contact our
office to find out if we can help. Our firm works on a contingent-fee
basis, and we offer a
free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. For more information about
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