Rear-end car accidents can leave victims with serious and often life-changing injuries. New technology that helps reduce the number of rear-end collisions is now available to cars and light trucks manufactured after 1991. The Pulse system uses a third brake light that is installed on the center of the rear windshield that blinks, or pulsates, to warn drivers traveling behind that the vehicle is slowing down or preparing to stop. The Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) pulses four times whenever the driver steps on their brake pedal, giving drivers traveling behind an extra warning to slow down.
The Department of Transportation estimates that 90 percent of all rear-end collisions can be avoided by giving drivers just one extra second of reaction time. As displayed in recent trials, Pulse affords drivers the opportunity to react 14-20 feet ahead of their normal reaction time when the system is installed on their vehicle. Drivers traveling 50 to 65 miles an hour were more likely to avoid a rear-end collision when the driver in front of them had the Pulse technology installed on their car.
Technology May Help Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
Pulse technology has also been proven to grab the attention of distracted drivers faster than standard break lights. Distracted driving has become a major safety hazard to everyone on the road. The NHTSA reports an average of 4,000 fatalities each year from car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Cell phone use, texting, onboard infotainment systems, and navigation technology cause drivers to take their eyes off of the road in front of them, which leads to serious and often fatal wrecks.
The human eye is attracted to a pulsing light more than those that provide a steady stream of light. Distracted drivers looking up from their technology are more likely to see and react to the pulsating third brake light used with the Pulse system. The extra time provided to the driver that quickly sees the pulsing light is more likely to avoid a rear-end collision with the few seconds of extra time the warning light provides.
Rear-End Crashes Common and May Be Serious
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 37 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions – with 28 percent of these accidents leaving victims seriously and sometimes fatally injured. Whenever a car is hit from behind, the driver and passengers in the front vehicle are propelled forward with great force before quickly being pushed back against their seat when they come to a stop. This back and forth motion can result in injuries to the head, neck, and spine. Whiplash, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, facial disfigurement, and other fatal internal injuries are common among victims of rear-end collisions.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Recover Compensation for Those Injured in Rear-End Accidents
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, call Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. at 803-929-3600 today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable and highly skilled Columbia car accident lawyer. Our offices are conveniently located throughout South Carolina and serve clients in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.