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Collision avoidance systems can greatly reduce accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a study and found that collision avoidance systems have had a tremendous impact on reducing car accidents and injuries in New York and around the country. Researchers studied more than 5,000 accidents that would fit the criteria of what lane change and blind spot warning software are designed to prevent.

The study found the rate of single-car accidents, side-swipe accidents and head-on collisions was actually 11 percent lower for vehicles that had this software installed. Researchers also discovered the rate of injury in accidents of the same nature was 21 percent lower with cars that utilized this technology. Taking these statistics into the broader spectrum, estimates are that if all vehicles were equipped with this technology in 2015, over 55,000 injuries could have been avoided.

The study also found that many drivers who have these programs installed on their cars are actually turning them off. Speculation is that drivers get annoyed with collision avoidance systems that make beeping sounds and make the decision to disable them.

Even though there were over six million accidents in 2015 alone, the implementation of this potential lifesaving technology has been slow. Of all vehicles for sale in 2017, only 6 percent were standardly outfitted with lane departure programs, and only 9 percent came with blind spot alert systems. These programs are offered as additional options included in safety packages that can be added to the sale. However, these optional packages typically can add thousands of dollars to the price of the vehicle.

Those who suffer injuries as the result of someone else's negligence are entitled to compensation from the at-fault party and their insurance company. Negotiating with the insurer can be a complex and intimidating task, and most do not understand the process of filing a proper claim. An experienced attorney could be helpful in offering advice and guidance, especially when an accident is more serious than a simple fender-bender.

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