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Challenges with getting the latest auto safety tech in older cars

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Given the catastrophic consequences auto accidents can have, how to reduce one’s likelihood of getting into a traffic crash is an important thing to think about.

There are many things that influence a driver’s chances of getting into an accident. One is their behavior behind the wheel. Certain driver conduct can open the door to major crashes, such as texting while driving, cellphone use while driving, intoxicated driving, driving while fatigued and speeding. So, it is key for drivers to take great care when it comes to how they act on the roads.

Another thing that can affect crash likelihood for a driver is what safety technology they have in their vehicle. There are a variety of new safety technologies which are aimed at preventing traffic crashes, such as collision warning systems and auto-braking systems. These sorts of technologies are something many safety-minded drivers may be interested in.

However, there are currently some significant barriers out there for drivers when it comes to getting these sorts of safety technologies. One is that automakers currently only make such technologies available in newer cars. There are currently no automaker-provided methods of getting an older car outfitted with the latest safety technologies.

So, for individuals whose financial situation makes getting a new car unfeasible, their options for getting the latest safety features for their car are generally pretty limited. There are some thirds parties that offer ways to get some of the newer safety features in older cars. For example, some companies sell installable devices that can be used as a collision warning systems.

Now, how effective such third-party retrofitting options are can be affected by a variety of things. Also, there are some safety technologies, like auto-braking, where no third-party upgrade options are currently available for older cars.

Do you think the lack of automaker-provided safety feature upgrade options for older cars is having big ramifications regarding how common the latest safety tech is out on the roads? Do think that, if automakers did ultimately get into the older vehicle auto safety upgrade game, it would have noticeable traffic safety impacts?

By: Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Established in New York, NY, his personal injury law firm has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts. With over twenty-five years of experience as a personal injury attorney, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine). View all posts by Howard Raphaelson

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