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Are Vehicle Safety Features Actually Reducing Car Accidents?

Car Accident Avoidance Safety Features - Land Parker WelchToday’s automobiles are continually being built with technology to protect motorists’ safety. These features, collectively called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), include a wide variety of technologies such as blind spot detection, automatic braking, collision and lane departure warnings, and more.

But is ADAS reducing the number of car accidents on America’s roadways? Generally, the signs point to yes. But it may be too early to tell for some of the emerging safety features, and motorists shouldn’t solely rely on these safety systems to tell them when danger is on the road.

What are Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)?

Numerous features in cars fall under the ADAS umbrella. These include:

  • Forward and rear collision warnings
  • Automatic emergency braking systems
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Blind spot recognition systems
  • Pedestrian detection systems
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic signal recognition
  • High beam safety system

Certain ADAS features are mandatory. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) required that all vehicles built after 2018 and under 10,000 pounds to be equipped with rearview cameras to reduce the chance of deadly backover accidents.

Does ADAS Make Cars Safer?

Research shows that advanced safety systems appear effective in preventing car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), cars with forward collision warning systems and automatic brakes can prevent one in six front-end crashes. IIHS also found that lane departure warnings decreased the chances of single-car, sideswipe, and head-on collisions by 11 percent, leading to a 21 percent reduction in the overall number of crashes resulting in injuries.

Pros and Cons of Car Safety Technology

Like most technologies, ADAS has its advantages and disadvantages. An article in Forbes Magazine reported that cars with ADAS features reduced the frequency of bodily injury claims by 27 percent. Advanced safety technology has also been found to reduce crash risk by as much as 3.5 percent, according to Carnegie Mellon University.

The downside is that ADAS is expensive, adding to the cost of vehicles and the cost of repairs when accidents happen. Drivers also find that some features can be inaccurate and warn of threats that aren’t there. There are also complaints that the warnings can be annoying and distracting. In fact, a national survey by Erie Insurance found that 11 percent of drivers turn off the forward collision warning and 17 percent disable the automated emergency braking feature. If people don’t use ADAS, there’s no way for it to be effective in reducing the number of car accidents.

Hurt in a Crash in South Carolina? Contact a Manning Car Accident Lawyer Now

Driving the “smartest” car with the latest technology isn’t always enough to prevent people from harm in a car crash. At Land Parker Welch LLC, our auto accident attorneys understand that life may never be the same after a serious accident. Let us help you obtain the financial compensation you need to rebuild your life again.

In South Carolina, accident victims can recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, lost earning potential, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers to get your claim underway. Our single goal is justice for you.

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