According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, motorists are too trusting of their driver assistance systems. Mississippi residents who are worried about how self-driving cars will affect driving behavior will want to know more about this study as it raises questions about how people will adapt to the new technology.

For example, 80 percent of drivers do not understand the limitations of blind-spot monitoring, namely its ability to detect fast-approaching vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Because of this overestimation, 20 percent of drivers fail to look for vehicles behind them when changing lanes.

Researchers also found that 29 percent of drivers with adaptive cruise control feel comfortable engaging in other activities when it is on. Though adaptive cruise control accelerates and brakes on its own, it does not mean that drivers can engage in distractions. Another issue pointed out by AAA was that over 40 percent of drivers do not understand how forward-collision warning is different from automatic emergency braking.

Even self-driving cars require drivers to take the wheel if they cannot handle the conditions they encounter. Researchers believe that this over-reliance on technology can be corrected if dealers, automakers and rental car companies were to educate customers on the limitations. Furthermore, AAA says marketing should not be done in a way that misleads people.

If overreliance on technology causes drivers to be negligent, they will be considered at fault for any car accidents they cause. In general, victims must show that they were less than half at fault in order to recover damages. This is one reason why legal representation is necessary. A lawyer could leave it to third-party professionals to gather proof against the defendant and determine the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. If you have been injured in a accident,  call George B. Ready to represent your rights and interests.