A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that collision avoidance systems are helping to prevent accidents in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. These safety mechanisms are designed to prevent drivers from drifting into other cars or obstructions.
The conclusion by the IIHS that anti-crash technology systems are useful might get the attention of auto manufacturers and auto insurance carriers. Currently, only 6 percent of new vehicles come with standard lane-departure warning systems. Additionally, only 11 percent of vehicles sold have blind-spot alert systems as standard in basic models.
The research by the IIHS shows that single-vehicle, side-swipe, and head-on car crashes get reduced by 11 percent when a driver operates a vehicle that has an anti-collision system. Injuries caused by such accidents are reduced by 21 percent in vehicles with anti-crash systems.
The IIHS findings pale in comparison to the results of studies that tracked U.S. fleet vehicles and Volvo cars in Sweden. In those studies, researchers found a 50-percent reduction in crash rates when collision avoidance systems were utilized. The discrepancy in findings could mean that drivers are disabling their collision avoidance systems.
Unfortunately, the roadways are filled with reckless drivers. When a driver disables a safety feature, that could contribute toward negligence. An individual who has been hurt by such a driver may wish to file a personal injury claim. A car accident attorney may be able to help a crash victim with the claim process. The victim could receive compensation for medical costs and other damages.