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Older drivers could be aided by new safety technology


Older drivers could be aided by new safety technology

For older drivers in South Carolina and across the U.S., roadway safety has become an important issue. Car makers are aware of this, and new safety technology is being offered to accommodate the Baby Boomers who are beginning to turn 70 years old. There is estimated to be approximately 20 million more drivers aged 70 or older on the roads by 2030.

Since human error is the cause of most car accidents, new blind-spot warning systems, automated parking and self-braking systems could prevent older and younger drivers from crashing. Dashboard cameras that allow the driver to see behind them will be mandatory on new cars by May 2018. Older drivers often have a limited range of motion and get more easily confused in heavy traffic. However, these new systems could help them to remain independent drivers for longer.

For example, Tesla Motors put an Autopilot feature on their Model S. Although they recommended that drivers not put too much trust in it yet, some drivers have given it full control. One man was actually killed when a Model S smashed into a tractor-trailer on the highway while on Autopilot. Events such as this make older drivers leery of trusting new car technology. AARP plans to help older drivers understand how to use the new technology in its driver safety programs.

Someone who has been injured in a car accident caused by a new technology failure or negligent driver may wish to retain a personal injury lawyer. The attorney could evaluate and assemble a civil claim by considering the investigations by authorities.