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Could virtual traffic lights reduce car accidents?

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 15, 2015 in Car Accidents

Few things are more frustrating for drivers trying to get from one place to another than traffic. The agitation traffic can produce in drivers who are already stressed could result in aggressive driving or even road rage. In some instances this could lead to motor vehicle accidents occurring. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are attempting to make commutes easier. They are exploring the use of virtual traffic lights.

The idea behind this technology is that regular traffic lights will not be needed. Instead, a light will appear on the dashboard of the vehicle as it approaches an intersection that instructs drivers whether they can proceed through the intersection or whether they need to stop to let other vehicles go through.

Since the virtual traffic light relies upon vehicles communicating with each other, it I highly dependent upon vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology that has been in development for some time, in conjunction with self driving cars. It is expected that technology will soon become mandatory for cars.

There are multiple reasons why developers of this technology believe that it would be good to adapt. In addition to improving commutes and reducing accidents, it could be good for the environment. This is because it would cut carbon emissions.

While technology seeks to reduce the number of car accidents that occur, it is doubtful that they will completely be eradicated anytime soon. Accordingly, associated lawsuits will continue to be necessary for injured parties to recover damages for their injuries. In any case of this nature a personal injury lawyer can be of assistance.

Source: CNN, “Traffic lights on your windshield could get you home faster,? Lisa Cohen, Jan. 14, 2015