Car accidents have happened ever since motor vehicles were invented. Much of the early technology went into keeping people safe during these accidents. For example, both the seat belt and the airbag were designed to help reduce injuries.
More modern technology, however, has been focused on preventing accidents. You have systems that can brake automatically if traffic slows ahead of the car, or you have sensors that tell someone if they’re drifting out of the lane and into oncoming traffic. Technology is being used in a number of ways to reduce the number of crashes that occur, not just to keep people safe as they go through a collision.
But, as long as people are driving cars, we are always going to have car accidents.
It’s human nature to make mistakes
The reason for this is that studies have found human error to be the leading cause of car crashes. This is a very wide category, as everything from driving too fast for conditions to driving while intoxicated can be viewed as a human error. Drivers make all sorts of mistakes like talking to passengers, looking at their phones, driving with pets in the car, making ill-advised passes and much more. These are all very different mistakes, but the root cause is always the same. These drivers are the ones who caused the crashes, and so there is never going to be anything that fully eliminates these collisions because people will never be perfect drivers.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to drive as safely as you can, of course, but you also need to know what to do when another driver injures you.