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McHenry County Car Accident Lawyers

Safe driving practices and safety features in vehicles can prevent car accidents. Although this sounds simple, it is important to remember that safety features in cars and new safety technology can only help a driver who uses them correctly and otherwise takes steps to ensure his or her own safety. In other words, your vehicle may be equipped with sensors that notify you when another vehicle is in your blind spot, but they cannot prevent you from colliding with that vehicle.

Although cell phones are often cited as a safety hazard for drivers, they can be used to help keep a driver and his or her passengers safe. There are numerous apps in existence today that can help a driver avoid dangerous behaviors, like talking on the phone and text messaging while driving. There are also apps that can help parents track their teen drivers' speeds and driving choices as well as notify individuals if their loved ones are involved in car accidents. These, alongside external tech devices like hands-free headsets and ignition interlock devices, can be used to reduce the number of car accidents that occur each year and ultimately, save lives.

Technology to Curb Drunk Driving

Throughout the United States, it is illegal for an individual to drive if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. The legal BAC limit for underage drivers is much lower than this in each state and in many states, there is a lower BAC limit in place for commercial drivers.

Drivers who are concerned about driving drunk can purchase devices to prevent them from doing so. An ignition interlock device is an electronic device that can keep a car from starting if it detects a BAC over 0.08 percent in a breath sample from its driver. Some ignition interlock devices can be calibrated to prevent a car from starting at a lower BAC limit, making them ideal choices for teen drivers. Another piece of technology to prevent drunk driving is a gear shift palm sensor, which can determine a driver's BAC through the perspiration from his or her hand. If an illegal BAC is detected, the car cannot be taken out of park.

Phone Suppression Technology

Hands-free headsets have been around for more than a decade. They are just one of the ways a driver can avoid causing a car accident by keeping his or her hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.

Other pieces of technology work to help drivers avoid text messaging while driving. One such device is the Key2SafeDriving, which can be installed into a driver's headset. This device screens any calls or messages the driver receives. It responds to text messages with an automated reply that states that the recipient is driving and it sends all phone calls to voicemail. For drivers who receive many emails and text messages, Vlingo is an app that reads them aloud to a driver.

Life360 Crash Detection and Emergency Response

Life360 is an app that can automatically detect when a driver is involved in a car accident and notify his or her loved ones. It can also notify local emergency medical services to have an ambulance dispatched to the exact location of the accident and keep the dispatcher on the line with the driver until the ambulance arrives.

In addition to crash notification, Life360 can provide roadside assistance to drivers in need. Drivers with issues like flat tires, minor collisions, and those who need to be towed can use the app to connect with trained advisors who can provide support in these situations, 24 hours a day.

Work with an Experienced McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney

You can only control your own behavior on the road. Although you can download apps to help yourself become a safer driver, you cannot control other drivers' behavior, nor can you necessarily avoid becoming a victim of an accident due to a vehicular malfunction or a poorly designed or maintained roadway. If you are injured in any type of car accident, speak with one of the experienced Crystal Lake personal injury lawyers at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC to discuss your rights and legal options. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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