Wrong-way accidents can occur when a driver crosses a double yellow line and enters into the lane of opposing traffic or when drivers enter a highway from the wrong side and go in the direction opposite to oncoming traffic. Wrong way collisions often cause devastating and life-threatening injuries because of the increased force of two vehicles in a head-on collision and because such accidents are usually high-speed collisions. The development of new technologies can help prevent many wrong way accidents.
Technological Advances That Prevent Wrong-Way Accidents
In the past few years, vehicle safety technology has advanced considerably. One such promising technology involves the development of an in-vehicle communication system that makes it possible for people in cars to speak to other cars near them on the road. The Federal Communications Commission has reserved a special frequency to enable vehicle to vehicle communications.
Vehicle to Vehicle Communications Systems
Vehicle to vehicle communications allow drivers to speak to each other about upcoming risks, including wrong way drivers who are traveling in the opposite direction or who have mistakenly entered the wrong side of the road. The technology can also help drivers send an alert signal to law enforcement officials and local transportation authorities if they pass a driver traveling in the opposite direction.
Vehicle to vehicle communication systems are in the testing phase currently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on a rule concerning this technology and is likely to make it compulsory for drivers to install this technology on all new light duty cars and trucks. The Department of Transportation has been working on this communications technology for over a decade and believes that the technology can prevent up to 80 percent of vehicle collisions.
Responsibility of Motorists
Technology can help reduce the risk of wrong way crashes, but ultimately, the responsibility of preventing crashes rests with drivers. Motorists should avoid unnecessary risks that can result in wrong way accidents. No matter how advanced safety technology becomes, human error can always cause an accident. If a driver makes a bad choice and causes an accident, the victim of the crash can make a claim for compensation.
Consult a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
Wrong way accidents often lead to severe injuries. A car accident victim may have to spend thousands of dollars on treatment and therapy. To make sure that you receive adequate compensation for your losses, consult a Chicago car accident attorney. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.