Corrective Action in Auto Accidents
KOCO News 5 OKC reported that a woman was traveling with her child on County Road 2420 when her car veered off the road for approximately 300 feet. Highway Patrol says the woman took no corrective action as she hit five T-posts before her vehicle burst into flames, killing both her and the child.
Corrective actions are what a driver takes after realizing he or she is in danger, such as swerving to avoid impact. Accident investigators often seek answers to the questions:
- What was the driver (and vehicle) status just before the critical event?
- What critical event did the vehicle encounter?
- In response to the critical event, what (if any) corrective action was taken?
- What was the last movement of the vehicle when the crash occurred?
For example, a driver notices an oncoming car about to crash into him. The driver abruptly takes corrective action to swerve out of the way; however, this maneuver causes the car to inadvertently sideswipe another passing vehicle. In this scenario, an immediate reaction to pending danger led to a crash involving a third party that otherwise would not have occurred.
Often a lack of corrective action can reveal facts associated with an accident also. “No evidence of corrective action” is common among those who are driving while drowsy, have fallen asleep behind the wheel, or are heavily intoxicated. These drivers lack the awareness necessary to respond.
Preventative Action vs. Corrective Action
While corrective actions are taken when encountering immediate dangers, preventative action is proactive in preventing potentially dangerous situations. Some preventive actions taken by governments include:
- Heightening drivers’ awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving
- Increasing fines and penalties for speeding or DUI
- Redesigning intersections that are repeatedly the sites of accidents
How Technology Is Detecting Dangerous Situations
An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study suggests that new vehicle technology may reduce crashes by over 30%.
The technology designed for crash avoidance is said to provide benefits in collisions, particularly crashes impacting the front of the car (which lead to the most fatalities). Adrian Lund, president of IIHS, explains that operator behavior, such as negligence, is the largest cause of auto accidents.
Technology in many new vehicles is capable of generating a visual and/or audible alert prior to a potential accident. Further advancements are now capable of actually applying the brakes in these instances. Other features include “blind spot detection” and warnings when you are veering outside your lane.
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