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Do new vehicle safety features help protect you against crashes?

by | Aug 13, 2020 | Personal Injury

There are many changes in technology that have allowed vehicles to become safer, but do those safety improvements actually help prevent crashes? The data has finally shown that Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems can help reduce your risk of a crash. Just having ADAS functions in a vehicle resulted in a 27% reduction in claims for bodily injuries and a 19% reduction in claims for property damage, according to research.

Advanced safety systems reduce the risks to you and those in your vehicle whether you’re driving or parked. Some of the common features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Road sign recognition
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

These safety devices are important and offer many features that can make you into a better driver. It has been shown that the crash rate for vehicles with blind-sport monitoring, for example, were 14% lower than they were for vehicles without. This suggests, according to the president of Together for Safer Roads, that if every American vehicle sold in 2015 had this feature, there would potentially have been 16,000 injuries and 50,000 crashes avoided.

Crash-avoidance technologies are there to help reduce the risk of collisions and to help drivers react more quickly to their changing environments. The systems are not perfect, but they have been shown to help reduce collisions overall.

It’s still a driver’s responsibility to be safe, no matter where they are. If you’re struck by a driver, then they may be liable for any injuries to you and any damage to your vehicle. Hopefully, with the continued improvement of technology taking place, many crashes will be avoided in the future.


Nathan J. Stuckey