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Can technology make Mississippi roads safer?

Distracted driving continues to be a serious safety threat for drivers in Mississippi and throughout the United States. Lawmakers and authorities have tried to implement laws to penalize people for texting while driving, and there have been numerous safety awareness campaigns regarding the danger of distracted driving. Despite these things, people choose to use their phones and engage in risky behavior while behind the wheel.

Many people do not understand how dangerous distracted driving is, or they believe they are capable of multitasking. It is possible that the key to effectively fighting distracted driving actually lies in technology. You may think it is counterintuitive to fight a technology-related issue with more tech, but cars and phones can now come with improvements that may actually make the roads safer for everyone.

What can technology do?

Technology continues to advance, and cars now come with various features that can warn drivers and keep them safe, even when they are not paying complete attention to the road. Some cars now come with the following features that may help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving. These include: 

  • Forward-collision warning – This type of system warns drivers when they are getting close to a potential collision ahead. It can use audio, tactile and visual warnings to get a driver's attention.
  • Automatic emergency braking – Many cars now come with this feature, which will automatically engage the brakes if a driver does not react in enough time to an impending collision.
  • Lane departure warning – This system alerts a driver if he or she crosses lanes without a signal, which could indicate swerving or drifting.

In addition to the safety features now found in many newer vehicles, you may know there are ways that drivers can make safer choices while they are behind the wheel. Apple and AT&T both have apps that can disable texting and alerts while a car is in motion. There are also other apps and functions that can turn off texting while driving or even alert the parent if a teen is using his or her phone while behind the wheel.

Every driver has a choice

No matter what advances in technology come along, you know that every driver has a choice to be vigilant and aware of his or her surroundings while behind the wheel. Each person is liable for the choices he or she makes, and victims have the right to pursue financial compensation for their losses. If you suffered because of the consequences of a distracted driving accident, you may find it helpful to explore the legal options available to you.

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