Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) has become increasingly popular amongst drivers in recent years due to its convenience and safety. ACC is the most common and popular form of cruise control, using sensors that can detect the speed of other vehicles in the area. This allows drivers to set the speed of their own car, and the sensors will brake and slow down automatically when traffic is detected.
However, while it is thought that this technology should reduce the risk of car accidents, studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have revealed that drivers who use ACC are 10% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and nearly twice as likely to be driving distracted. ACC should be used with caution on Florida highways, particularly in dense traffic conditions where frequent braking is often.
Using Adaptive Cruise Control Safely
When using ACC, it is important to remember that it does not replace the driver’s responsibility to remain attentive to their surroundings. Drivers must be prepared to take control of the vehicle at any time and always pay close attention to other vehicles on the road.
Additionally, before using ACC, drivers should take into account the weather conditions, be prepared for any sudden changes in traffic flow, and never use the system when feeling tired or late at night. When used responsibly, ACC can help maintain a safe speed and distance from the car in front, but it should never be used as an excuse to not pay attention.
When Adaptive Cruise Control Causes an Accident
Though you may drive responsibly with ACC there is no guarantee that other drivers on the road will do the same. If you have been injured by another driver who was misusing adaptive cruise control, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. To do so, you must prove that the driver was negligent and their negligence caused your injury by collecting evidence such as accident reports, witness statements, and medical records.
At the Law Office of Leonard J. Valdes, our experienced attorneys are committed to helping clients fight for the total compensation they deserve and understand the dangers of adaptive cruise control and how it can increase the chances of an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by another driver’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a consultation – call 305-567-0910.