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New technologies may help prevent distracted driving accidents

A major bank in the United States is predicting a fall in vehicle crashes due to the adoption of new car safety technologies. Statistics indicate that accidents have been on the rise in Wyoming and other states since 2011, but analysts believe the numbers will lower to their previous level with tech that counters distracted drivers. Smartphones and other devices used by drivers are blamed for the increase in crashes, but collision avoidance systems could counter the effect.

Another phenomenon that may be causing an increased rate in accidents is legalized marijuana use. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that there was a 5 percent increase in accidents in states where recreational cannabis use was legalized compared to states where it wasn't. Despite both these issues, the institute predicted that collisions would reduce by as much as 30 percent by the year 2030.

There are several developing technologies that analysts predict will cause the decline in collisions. Rear parking sensors, lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking systems already exist in many newer vehicles. By 2022, 99 percent of newly sold vehicles will have these types of safety technologies as standard features. Some companies that benefit from collision repairs are already seeing decreased revenue as a result of these technologies.

Victims who are injured as the result of distracted driving may be eligible for compensation from the responsible party. Accidents can result in medical bills, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering. By consulting with an attorney, the victim may find out if seeking damages is a viable option. A lawyer may then help negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit in court.

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