Arizona motorists may want to reconsider the benefits of collision avoidance systems after hearing about the results of a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS has shown that these systems can dramatically decrease the number of accidents and injuries.
Researchers analyzed more than 5,000 accidents in 2015, all of them involving situations that collision avoidance systems were designed to prevent. They found that those cars with systems like lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems were involved in 11 percent less accidents, including single-vehicle, sideswipe, and head-on crashes. Injury rates also dropped by 21 percent in the same vehicles. They compared their results to those of two other studies conducted in 2015, one concentrating on commercial trucking in the U.S. and the other on Volvo cars in Sweden. Both concluded that lane departure warning systems could cut down crash rates by half.
In all, researchers estimate that in the U.S., 55,000 injuries could have been prevented in 2015 if every vehicle was equipped with collision avoidance technology. Such technology has been shown to prevent even the deadliest accidents. However, automakers have been slow to incorporate it. Some drivers turn off their warning systems because their beeping becomes annoying, while others cannot purchase the technology for cost reasons.
Even the most sophisticated technology will not eliminate all motor vehicle accidents. When a collision is caused by a driver who is speeding, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted by a cellphone, or negligent in some other manner, occupants of other vehicles who have been injured might find it advisable to have a lawyer's help when seeking compensation for hospital bills and other losses.