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How automated safety features can reduce crash risk

| Sep 16, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Kentucky drivers run the risk for a crash when backing out of parking lots, driving down the highway, changing lanes and doing other basic maneuvers. This is where advanced driver assistance systems can be of benefit. The ability of ADAS to prevent car crashes has been attested to by various tests. Now, a study from General Motors and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has gauged the effectiveness of ADAS in the real world.

The study involved 3.8 million GM vehicles made between 2013 and 2017 and involved in crashes. Distinguishing between cars with ADAS and cars without it, analysts found that the former were at a lower risk for certain types of crashes.

For instance, back-up crashes were 21% less likely with rear vision cameras, 38% less likely with rear park assist and 52% less likely when those two were combined with rear cross-traffic alert. Adding reverse automatic emergency braking to the three features lowered the risk for a back-up crash by 81% in all. These were the most positive results in the study.

That’s not all, though. Rear-end collisions went down 46% among cars that are equipped with forward AEB and forward collision alert. Lane change alert and blind-spot alert together reduced the number of lane-change crashes by 26%.

When there are car accidents in spite of the presence of ADAS, then it is usually clear that negligence was involved. Whatever the nature of the crash, those who are injured may seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repairs and other losses under personal injury law. First, though, they might want their lawyer to assess their case and whether it is worth pursuing or not. If it is, the lawyer may speak on victims’ behalf for a fair settlement.

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