How Driver Aids Help Avoid Trouble
Driving technology has evolved rapidly and today’s cars, passenger vans, and light-duty trucks are equipped with a host of features that are designed to prevent crashes and keep all road users safer. Here are three of the top driver aids, and the impact they are having on road safety:
Blind Spot Monitoring Systems
Blind spots exist on every vehicle, leaving drivers at risk of lane-change crashes. Many vehicles today come equipped with blind spot monitoring systems that alert drivers when it’s unsafe to switch lanes, and research shows this technology is helping to reduce injuries.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that lane departure warning systems helped to cut the severity of lane-change crash injuries by 23 percent, and the IIHS predicts that equipping all vehicles on the road with blind spot monitoring would prevent approximately 50,000 crashes annually.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is a relatively new technology that combines a forward collision warning system with automated braking in cases where the driver fails to brake in response to an impending frontal crash.
AEB will be standard on all new passenger vehicles sold in North America by September 1, 2022, and given the fact that forward collision warning systems alone have been shown to cut rear-end collisions by 27 percent, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that AEB will prevent approximately 28,000 crashes annually by 2025.
Backup Cameras Now Standard On New Cars Sold In The U.S.
While reverse cameras have been installed on many high-end cars for a number of years now, backup cameras are the first driver assistance technology to become standard on all passenger vehicles sold in the United States, starting with 2018 models.
Experts expect this change will help to prevent the 200 annual deaths and more than 12,000 injuries caused by backover crashes, which mostly affect young children.
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Despite all these advances in automotive safety, serious, life-altering accidents continue to occur on our streets and highways at an alarming rate. After you’ve called 911 – and before you try to deal with the insurance companies – call us here at The Troutman Law Firm to speak with our Florida auto accident and personal injury attorney. We offer complimentary consultations to help you understand your rights when you’ve been involved in a crash.