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Do drivers need technology to be safe?

In a prior post, we highlighted how the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report exhibiting how advanced safety systems can help prevent many accidents caused by inattention or human error. If federal regulators believe that more than 500,000 accidents could be prevented through crash avoidance systems, you would think that automakers would make it known to consumers.

Given the latest car commercials, it appears that automakers are doing their best. More commercials are touting how cars can see around themselves and alert drivers to hazards. For instance, the newest commercials for the Mercedes-Benz GLE focuses on how the car actually has a brain. However, if consumers don’t know about these features, chances are that they will not come to dealerships to buy these cars. 

A recent study showed that a large majority of drivers did not know about collision avoidance or advanced safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane integrity alarms or automatic braking systems. Perhaps it is because many consumers are not in the market for new cars, since the average age of cars on the road today is 11.5 years.

Either way, drivers still have a duty to use reasonable care while driving a car in Wisconsin. This means that they must drive like a reasonable person would and limit distractions, adhere to speed limits and be wary of hazards. If a driver fails to do so and an accident occurs, an offending driver could be held liable.

This means that many drivers must continually rely on their own abilities and instincts instead of just technological advances.

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