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New study considers impact of collision avoidance systems

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown the positive effect of having lane departure and blind spot warning systems in cars. The researchers looked at over 5,000 accidents occurring in 2015 and involving the type of situations that the systems were designed for, and they found a significant decrease in the number of single-vehicle crashes among cars that were equipped with these systems. New York car buyers will want to know the full results.

Specifically, there was an 11 percent decrease in sideswipe and head-on crash rates and a 21 percent decrease in injury crash rates. The IIHS singled out lane departure warning systems, saying that if these were on all passenger vehicles in 2015, they would have prevented over 55,000 injuries.

Though warning systems are known to prevent some of the deadliest types of crashes, there is also evidence that many drivers turn them off. The IIHS has speculated that drivers may be annoyed by some warning systems, which beep instead of vibrating the seat. The production of vehicles with these technologies has been slow, with only 7 percent of new vehicles in 2017 coming with lane departure warning systems. Blind spot alerts are present in only 9 percent of those vehicles that are in showrooms.

Without collision warning systems, drivers must be more conscious of their responsibility to others. When their negligence causes a car crash, they could be held financially responsible for the losses incurred by occupants of other vehicles. People who have been injured in such a collision might want to have the help of a lawyer when seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other amounts.

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