How New Vehicles Keep Pedestrians Safer

Pedestrians are the most at-risk group on our roads. Simply crossing the street or stepping out of your car can end in a catastrophic collision and near-fatal injuries if you encounter a negligent driver. But just as auto manufacturers are working to protect drivers and passengers, so too are they developing technology that can prevent serious pedestrian accidents.


Automatic Brakes and Pedestrian Detection

How New Vehicles Keep Pedestrians SaferAutomatic emergency braking (AEB) systems have been installed in more and more modern vehicles to prevent serious auto accidents. This technology uses sensors on the front of a car to detect when it is getting too close to another car, preventing rear-end collisions, but the most recent models can now detect pedestrians and cyclists as well. If a pedestrian steps into a crosswalk at a blind intersection, this technology can help slow down any approaching vehicles or make them come to a complete stop before the pedestrian is touched.

Lane Departure Warnings

Lane departures are a major risk when a driver is distracted by a smartphone or just fatigued. While drivers should always keep their hands on the wheel and their focus on the road, lane departure systems can help warn drivers when they are drifting out of their lanes. Although designed to prevent sideswipe accidents, these warnings can also minimize the risk of a driver drifting too close to a curb or parked vehicles where a pedestrian might be.

Adaptive Headlights

It is no surprise that fatal crashes typically occur in the evening or in low-light conditions. Spotting someone jogging or walking a dog at night can be difficult for even the most focused driver, but advancements in headlight technology may help prevent future collisions. Adaptive headlights are designed to adapt to changes in the environment and road design, the most common being curve-adaptive headlights that improve visibility at turns and on curved roads. Some cars now have automatic high beams that turn on in low-light conditions and turn off when other vehicles are approaching. Through this technology, pedestrians receive an added layer of protection while out at night.

Rear Pedestrian Alert

Most automatic braking and lane-departure systems focus on cars moving forward, but manufacturers have started focusing on accidents that occur when a car is backing out of a driveway or into a parking spot. Rear-view cameras now allow drivers to spot any obstacles or pedestrians directly behind them and in their blind spots when reversing. Alongside pedestrian alert systems and automatic reverse brakes, these systems can prevent pedestrian collisions when drivers are reversing.

Standing Up for Injured Pedestrians

Even with these new safety features, pedestrian accidents happen almost every day throughout Colorado. Nothing prevents pedestrian accidents more than drivers who choose safety over speed, distractions, or other negligent behaviors. If you have been injured by a negligent driver in a pedestrian accident, then you need all the help you can get to receive full compensation for your injuries.

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for accident victims in our town. We have an in-depth understanding of the claims process and are well-versed in standing up to dismissive insurance companies. If you bring your claim to us, we can sit down with you in a free consultation and explain how to get you compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (719) 475-2555.