One of the newest features for cars that almost make a human driver irrelevant may one day be as common as the car radio.
High-end cars started the trend, but more proletariat models are also jumping on the bandwagon with built-in sophisticated systems that make use of onboard cameras and sensors plus adaptive cruise control to make road travel safer and nearly autonomous. New car models in 2014 are slated to include these safety systems that not only makes minor steering adjustments to keep the vehicle centered on the lane, it can also stop and go to avoid obstructions and collisions on the road. Some automakers even include the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake system in response to the disturbing number of serious car accidents involving those on foot and bicycles.
The safety systems take advantage of the increasing sophistication and decreasing prices of relevant technology, such as cameras and sensors coupled with an onboard computer which can make split-second choices. This eliminates the element of risk of car crashes associated with distracted driving or substance intoxication. The system is mostly effective on the highway, but it is anticipated that even more advances in the future may finally put one aspect of science fiction in reality: the self-driving car.
Drunk-driving already entails lots of dangers to pedestrians, other motorists and the driver him or herself; but wait ‘til you hear what drunk-riding can result in.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents, include head-on collision with cars or other fixed objects, road hazards, poor vehicle stability, poor riding skills, reduced visibility during bad weather, motor cycle lane splitting, speeding and drunk-riding. The same agency also stated that the most dangerous remains to be drunk-riding, saying that drinking and riding simply do not mix as alcohol, time and again, has continued to be particularly lethal for motorcycle riders.
Though the NHTSA has clearly set the limit of alcohol content in driver’s /rider’s blood to 0.08 grams/deciliter, which is about four bottles of beer, many riders still choose to disregard this stipulation. As a result, the number of deaths due to drunk-driving or drunk-riding has continued to rise over the years.
Despite the steady increase in the number of accidents and deaths, the culture of drink-and-ride sadly seems to be acceptable to riders nationwide. This is clearly evident during riders’ festivals and other motorcycle events, where vendors of beer and other alcoholic beverages continue to lure riders with freebies. Other riders, on the other hand, either ride to a bar for a drink with their friends or drink alone for whatever reasons they have; after the drinks, though, comes the scary part – they ride back home regardless of the amount of alcohol they have taken.
However careful these drunken riders ride their bikes, once an accident occurs, their drunkenness will only increase their liability. Thus, contacting a lawyer if you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident would be a wise move as he or she will be able to guide you on the necessary things to do following the accident. Filing a case against the liable party and seeking damages for your injuries, financial losses and medical needs can also be more effective with his or her assistance.