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Austin Car Accident Attorney Discusses 4 Technologies That Can Prevent Crashes in Bad Weather

By Luke Dow on November 05, 2015

Even in ideal weather conditions, Texas roads are peppered with hazards. When Mother Nature strikes, though, the risk of getting into an accident increases significantly.

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, wind, rain and fog contribute to thousands of crashes each year. When combined with distracted driving, these weather conditions can be particularly treacherous.  

Fortunately, car manufacturers have introduced new technologies that can reduce the risk of accidents in poor weather. If you are in the market for a vehicle, then consider purchasing one with safety features that will increase your control, concentration and visibility under all conditions.

If you were in a crash that was not your fault, then Austin car accident attorney Luke Dow may be able to help. At the Luke Dow Law Firm, we have a comprehensive understanding of Texas injury laws, and we can guide you through the claims process. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, read on to learn about the latest safety technologies for inclement weather:

  1. Navigation Systems
You may not consider your car’s built-in navigation system to be a safety device, but it can make you more decisive and therefore less likely to make a mistake. This is particularly true in rain or fog – when visibility is low.

Make sure you configure your GPS system before you depart. If you are using a mobile device for navigation, then it should be visible at all times. You should only use hands-free devices while driving.

  1. Adaptive Steering
Many cars now include adaptive steering systems that help drivers avoid obstacles on the road. These systems reduce the steering load on the driver, and allow him or her to make quicker movements when facing ice patches, snow drifts or other debris.
  1. Bumper Cameras
Bumper cameras in the back of vehicles can drastically increase safety – particularly when visibility is poor. This is especially true in residential areas, where there may be children, trash cans, mailboxes or other hazards in the streets.
  1. Adaptive Headlights
Headlights play a critical safety role in all weather conditions, but new technology has made them more effective in bad weather. Adaptive headlights turn with the car, which increases the driver’s field of view. This may not make a significant difference on clear, safe roads, but increasing your visibility in rain or fog – even slightly – can prevent a major collision.  

No matter which vehicle you purchase, though, nobody can control the actions of negligent drivers. Unfortunately, collisions can leave victims with steep medical bills, and some cannot return to work. This is where a personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.

At the Luke Dow Law Firm, we know that not all accidents are avoidable. If you were in a crash that another driver caused, then an Austin injury attorney can help you pursue compensation and potentially avoid insurmountable debt. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

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