Scientists in the Netherlands are considering replacing street lights with glow-in-the-dark road paint to avoid having to deal with street light outages, help drivers to better navigate in the dark in places where street lights may not exist and possibly to help to reduce the number of car accidents.
Futuristic Technology in the Works
According to engadget.com, this futuristic technology of glow-in-the-dark road paint is currently being tested on a short section of highway in the Netherlands. The lane barriers “glow” via solar-powered photo-luminescent powder that is incorporated into the road paint. The creator, Netherlands based Studio Roosegaarde, says that future iterations of the concept might include informational markers that will be more like “functional street art” – providing drivers with needed warnings, but in an artful way.
Roosegaarde is also planning to incorporate wind-powered lights that shine only when cars are nearby and creating a special highway lane where electric cars could charge up using the solar power as they drive. You have to admit that the company is clearly thinking outside of the box, but what happens when it snows and the markers are buried?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question remains inside the box and more testing is needed to flesh out similar issues that would allow this technology to pass government safety and durability tests before streetlights become a thing of the past.
Negligence Is a Common Factor in Car Accidents
It’s always important for companies such as Roosegaarde to experiment with ways that can improve safety, help us to be “greener” and look toward the future. However, the truth of the matter is that car accidents often occur due to someone’s negligence, regardless of how safe the surrounding environment might be. In fact, some of the most common factors that result in car accidents include:
- distracted driving
- drunk driving
- failure to follow traffic signs and signals
- reckless driving
- weather conditions
All of the above, along with auto design and manufacturing defects, can lead to death or serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones, disability – and costly medical expenses.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, make sure you get the compensation you and your family are entitled ti such as lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, permanent disability, mental impairment, earning capacity impairment, loss of profits, medical bills, repair or replacement of property and more.
An experienced New York car accident lawyer can analyze the facts and circumstances of your situation, review your insurance policy and the policy of the other driver to explore your legal options. Rest assured that insurance companies will have a team of attorneys to represent their best interests. Make sure that you have someone to represent yours.