The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has some good news for Arizona drivers who own cars with automatic emergency braking systems. The IIHS conducted a study to see how often GM vehicles with auto emergency braking were involved in accidents compared to cars that don't have this feature. The conclusion of the researchers is that auto emergency braking works well to prevent collisions.
GM vehicles have two types of emergency braking systems. One only gives the driver a warning that a crash is about to happen but does not automatically apply the brakes. The other gives the warning and applies the brakes up to a full stop in order to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision. The vehicles in the study that were equipped with both the forward collision warning alert and automatic braking were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end striking crashes overall than vehicles without a crash prevention system. The results were even more remarkable when accounting for injuries: There were 64 percent fewer crashes with any injuries and 68 percent fewer crashes with third-party injuries in cars with warning and braking systems.
IIHS has previously done similar studies involving Volvo and Subaru vehicles. Emergency braking systems were shown to be effective in these studies as well. Standard automatic emergency braking by 2022 in every mainstream vehicle has been promised by all automakers.
When someone gets injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, legal action may be warranted. In a personal injury case, an injured person could be awarded compensation that covers medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related financial costs.