Backing up a vehicle is a risky maneuver that can lead to vehicle damage, injuries and sometimes even death, especially that of children. For this reason, drivers in Arizona should be aware of a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that studied the effect of new safety technology on backup collision rates.
The report found that rear automatic braking systems are especially effective, leading to a 62 percent decrease in backup collisions among those vehicles equipped with it. These systems send an alert to the driver whenever they detect an obstruction, and if the driver does not respond within a given time, they automatically apply the brakes in the driver's stead. Vehicles that combined these systems with rearview cameras and sensors saw an overall 78 percent decrease in rear collisions.
The IIHS tested this combination in several 2017 model vehicles with the Cadillac XT5 SUV and Subaru Outback and being particularly notable for their superior performance. The results of the testing were not uniformly positive, however. One vehicle hit a car at an angle that was out of the camera's sight.
Reverse collision systems are primarily used for preventing vehicle collisions, so the technology will have to be updated so that it can prevent crashes with pedestrians. Only 5 percent of new vehicles offer automatic braking as an option.
Regardless of the technology that's available, drivers must be careful to not cause a motor vehicle accident. Otherwise, they could be guilty of negligence. Victims of other drivers' negligence can file for compensation with the help of an accident attorney. They will first have their claim evaluated to determine if there was any contributory negligence. A lawyer can then estimate a settlement. The firm may hire investigators to strengthen the case with all the available proof, and the attorney can then proceed to negotiations.