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Improving safety technology could help older drivers

New safety technology is making roads safer for older drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Innovations like blind-spot warning systems and autopilot are already available on some high-end cars, but more safety breakthroughs are expected to become standard soon.

Safer cars help drivers of all ages, but improved safety technology could be especially helpful to the baby-boom generation, whose older members turn 70 this year. Drivers over the age of 70 are more likely to become confused at busy intersections and when merging into traffic. Older drivers may also have limited range of motion, which can make it hard to check for oncoming vehicles in all directions. Further, older drivers tend to suffer more serious injuries when they get into car accidents.

According to a survey by MIT AgeLab and auto insurer The Hartford, safety technology will be a key consideration for 75 percent of people over 50 who buy a car in the next two years. Luckily, safety-conscious drivers will have a lot to choose from in the near future. Google hopes to have its self-driving car on the road by 2020 while Toyota hopes to make automated emergency brakes standard on most of its models by the end of 2017. Other safety technology on the horizon includes automated parking and adaptive headlights.

Car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that leave victims unable to work and support their families. Pennsylvania residents injured in a car crash caused by another driver may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for damages, including medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney could review a case and explain all legal options available.

Source: FOX Business, "Tech may help steer older drivers down a safer road," Sept. 6, 2016

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