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Safety avoidance technology saves lives

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2018 | Car Accidents

New Jersey residents who are in the market to purchase vehicles might want to choose models that have collision avoidance systems installed. A report found that these systems greatly reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study of vehicles with collision avoidance systems versus vehicles without these types of safety systems installed. The researcher reviewed data from 5,000 crashes that happened in 2015 that involved the types of accidents that collision avoidance systems are designed to prevent. In vehicles with blind spot and lane departure warnings, she found that there was an 11 percent reduction in side-swipe accidents and head-on collisions. In vehicles that had the technology, the injury accident rate was 21 percent lower.

According to the IIHS, there would have been approximately 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all of the vehicles had the collision avoidance technology. The researcher also found that some drivers turn off their collision avoidance systems. The researchers believe that drivers may turn off systems that are designed to beep instead of to cause the seats to vibrate, annoying the drivers. Despite the safety that these systems provide, only 6 percent of new vehicles in 2017 came with these technologies as part of their standard packages. They are offered as options in 57 percent of other vehicles, but many manufacturers include them as part of a more expensive trim option.

Car accidents can be life-altering, making collision avoidance systems an important safety measure. Some accidents will still happen despite these systems. If people are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents because of the negligence of other drivers, they might want to consult with personal injury attorneys to see how best to seek compensation for the losses they have incurred.