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New technology reduces chance of accidents, doesn't stop

While it seems that everyone has a wonderful new piece of technology these days, there may be same in Killeen, Texas, who wonder whether the world might from time to time rely too much on electronic devices and too little on their own brains.

This concern is shared to some extent by researchers who recently surveyed several people about the more modern safety features on their cars, safety features that include things like the ability of the vehicle to check blind spots for cars or to respond in some way to an obstacle or hazard in front of the vehicle.

Indeed, these safety features do save lives and prevent both injuries to people and damage to their vehicles. However, they are not full proof, and their designers and manufacturers do not claim otherwise.

In other words, drivers still have an obligation to watch the road and operate their vehicles safely, and this includes understanding how their car's safety features work and what they will and will not do. Drivers also have to verify what their safety equipment is telling them with manual checks.

At this time, there is some worry that drivers are falling short in these responsibilities. For instance, nearly 4 out of 5 drivers did not realize that their blind spot safety system is unlikely to pick up a small object, like a bicycle or a pedestrian, that may be in a vehicle's blind spot. The system also will not pick up a vehicle passing quickly.

Safety systems on cars are a good thing, but they only reduce the chance of a driver's getting in to an accident. The best way a motorist can stop accidents altogether is to drive carefully. When they do not do this, then they may cause an accident for which they can be held legally responsible in a personal injury case.

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