Is it possible that a car, rather than a driver, can prevent a Georgia pedestrian accident? The answer may soon be yes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Since pedestrians lack the protective metal, airbags, and other safety features of cars, the technological advancements that are suggested to help prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities must be included in the manufacturing of new cars or at the intersection itself.

A Car That Brakes Itself May Save Lives
One form of technology that may be used to prevent pedestrian accidents is equipping new cars with sensors that detect whether someone is in the path of the vehicle. If the car detects a person in the path of the vehicle and does not detect that the driver is applying the brakes, then the car could stop itself.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that about 39,000 pedestrian accidents could be avoided each year and approximately 2,932 lives could be saved every year in the United States because of this technology.

The Technology to Avoid Pedestrian Crashes Already Exists
Some 2011 Volvo models have Pedestrian Detection as an optional feature in the United States. Other auto makers such as Subaru offer similar technologies on vehicles sold in other countries.

What to Do if You've Been in a Georgia Pedestrian Accident
While the technology exists, it is far from universal at this point in time. Additionally, even if more cars had the available technology, it would not prevent all pedestrian injuries or deaths.

If you have been hurt or if you have lost a loved one in a Georgia pedestrian crash, then you may have the right to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering. For more information about your rights, please contact an experienced Marietta auto attorney at 1.770.518.1133.

*Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Status Report, Vol. 46, No. 3, March 30, 2011