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Collision avoidance technology can cut accident rates

Collision avoidance systems are cutting accidents and related injuries for Virginia drivers and passengers, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Technologies like lane departure warning systems or blind spot alerts can help to diminish the risk of collisions.

The IIHS, a research center connected to the car insurance industry, said that the systems are saving lives. The study analyzed over 5,000 2015 accidents, focusing on the types of crashes that these warning systems are meant to help drivers evade. The rate of sideswipe, head-on and single-vehicle crashes was 11 percent lower for cars with the warning system than for those without.

Even more, the rate of injury crashes involving vehicles with these technologies was 21 percent less than in vehicles without them. Based on the results of the study, the IIHS said that if all vehicles had these types of systems in 2015, over 55,000 auto accident injuries could have been prevented. By giving drivers time to help avoid a crash, they can stop deadly accidents from occurring.

However, the IIHS also noted that it seems that some drivers turn off the system. In earlier studies of trucks in the U.S. and cars in Sweden, lane departure warning technology had halved accident rates. The difference between the results could be attributed to drivers switching off systems that produce an annoying beep.

Auto accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. People who have suffered trauma in accidents in which they were not at fault may be able to obtain compensation for the damages they have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages and other losses, and they might want to have the help of a lawyer when attempting to do so.

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