In 2018, J.D. Power conducted a study to find out how effective new vehicle safety tech is in preventing accidents. This tech, known under the title of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, includes devices like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Many drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. may save their own lives, the lives of other drivers and the lives of pedestrians through the help of ADAS.
In the study, over half of new car owners said that ADAS helped prevent an accident before 90 days had passed with their new vehicle. In particular, 49% said that the blind spot alert helped them avoid a crash. The sensors for this device can pick up not only traffic to the left and right but also any cars that may pass when one is backing out of a parking lot.
Backup cameras and parking sensors were given the nod by 42% of participants in the study. Backup cameras are one type of assisted driving device that all new vehicles must be equipped with by law. The study also mentioned that 35% of participants avoided an accident through the forward collision warning system or automatic emergency braking. The former warns drivers when they are approaching a car too fast.
Of course, many drivers forget that ADAS are meant to assist them, not replace them. If they use their phone or become distracted in any other way because the technology gives them a false sense of security, then they are only increasing their risk for a car accident.
Those who incur a permanent injury or disability may consult with a lawyer about filing a claim against the driver's insurance company. The lawyer might hire investigators, photographers and medical experts, among other professionals, to build up the case before continuing to settlement negotiations.